A bicycle and a skateboard are often a kid's first set of wheels. More than just a means to get to place, riding a skateboard requires balance, leg strength and stamina. Kids learning to skateboard need to take the time to learn properly while using the appropriate safety gear. Riding a skateboard promotes a healthy, outdoor lifestyle, but it can be a dangerous sport and should be approached with caution.
Put your shoes on and tie them securely if they have laces. Flat-soled shoes create a level surface to plant your feet on the board. Your shoes should be comfortable and not slipping off while you are moving, walking or jumping.
Secure your helmet. The helmet straps create a triangle over your ears by securing under your chin. A properly-fitting helmet sits on your head without slipping off with basic movements. You should be able to fit a finger between the chin and the strap.
Put the elbow and knee pads on. Move around without being on the skateboard to get used to the reduced mobility of wearing the gear.
Place the skateboard on the grass with the wheels on the ground. This reduces the movement of the board. Step, stand and jump on the board to get used to the platform.
Practice balancing on the board with your dominant foot in the back and your front foot planted. Bend your knees with shoulders facing forward. The foot you kick a ball with is your dominant foot.
Move to a flat surface and place the board on the ground, making sure it isn't rolling.
Stand on the board as practiced. Bend your knees and develop balance as if on a stationary bike.
Push yourself forward with your back foot while balancing on your front foot. You will need to practice balancing and this may feel awkward at first.
Push forward until there is enough momentum to keep rolling. Bring your back foot back on the board as you roll, using your knee bend and arms to aid your balance.
Stop by putting your back foot on the ground.