Children love spending time outside and the importance of outdoor play for young children cannot be overstated. That’s why Educational Playcare brings learning to the great outdoors with spacious playgrounds that allow our teachers to bring the fun outside. As the weather warms up, and families begin enjoying outdoor play more, we can’t think of an activity that’s more fun than teaching your child how to ride their first bike.
Although it can be challenging for your child and take longer for them to master than they’d like, learning to ride a bike is a lot of fun, which is one of Educational Playcare’s Core Values. If your child becomes frustrated during the process, stay positive and remind them that some skills take longer to develop than others. If possible, allow your child see the enjoyment that comes from bike riding as they watch you riding a bike yourself.
Being a role model for your child is an important part of helping them learn how to ride a bicycle. Not only will your confidence while riding make them more excited and comfortable with practicing, but you also have the opportunity to show them how to safely ride a bike. When riding your bike, be sure you are wearing a helmet and explaining to your child the importance of it while stressing that despite the precautions, there is nothing to be afraid of. Your child may not want to wear a helmet at first, so we suggest allowing them to pick one out so that they are more excited about it. You may also want to get a set of knee and elbow pads.
In the beginning, make sure your child’s bike has training wheels. They will help your child to develop the balancing skills they’ll need as they get on and off the bike and begin to move forward and steer. Once your child is comfortable on the bike, it’s time for them to learn how to pedal. At first, have them pedal slowly as you walk alongside them. Even though the bike will still have training wheels, your child will likely feel more comfortable knowing that you are there with them and can assist if needed.
To get your child more comfortable with the feel of the bicycle, have them use the pedals while you hold the bike upright. This will help the child get the feel of the bike. Talk to your child about their level of comfort and keep reinforcing that the bike is safe. Once the child gets comfortable with the bike, you can let go and simply walk or jog behind them.
In time, your child will grow more confident and then it will be time to learn to ride the bike without the training wheels. The first thing to do is to pick a safe location. The best spots are flat, wide-open spaces where there isn’t a lot of traffic, such as a school parking lot on a weekend. Plenty of encouragement will be needed, but soon you’ll have a child that loves to ride their bike!