N will take any opportunity to ride his bike. In the house, out on the farm, the grass, the yard, the road. He’ll be on his bike any chance possible.
I find it really interesting that girls and boys at his age are still (generally) stereotypically developing. Our of his circle of friends, it’s mostly the girls who can write their alphabet, read and draw detailed and accurate pictures. The boys are mostly taking a lot longer to get there with reading and writing even if they’re bothered (mine isn’t), but many of them having been riding bikes on 2 wheels for ages, while many of the girls are still learning to pedal and ride with stablisers.
Ok, there’s some anomalies. I, N’s friend from across the road was riding her bike (like a loonatic) before she was 4, but she’s the only girl in our group of friends riding on 2 wheels at 4 years old. And we do know a handful of boys at 4 who can read simple books.
For N, it’s all about wheels and things that go. Anything that his body can make move he’s always been a natural on. He could ride a scooter when he was a little tot with his hands on the handlebars at head height. He was straight on a balance bike knowing how it worked correctly. On his Ezyroller, he simply sat on it age 3 and was off. I have to remember that while it’s the norm for N, it’s not for lots of other children who either aren’t interested, or need to be taught how to do it.
One day we had off in half term we went to the park so N could ride his bike. I took my scooter which makes it easier to keep up, although scooting on slippy leaves (with a dodgy uneven path underneath) was somewhat scary! I’m thinking I need a Go Pro, because I’m a bit lethal with my camera swinging round my neck.
The first people we saw was a friend from the NCT team, there with her husband and eldest daughter. As she said, nice day, half term = teaching children to ride bikes in the park. Her daughter was pedalling along, having not had a balance bike, and was just getting used to pedalling stronger. It really makes a difference having somewhere to cycle – we struggle outside because it’s all gravel (or grass – not good in wet of winter), but N always just used to bike round the house. Not everyone has the space or inclination to let children do that.
I advised, just take the pedals off to begin with (as long as she can pedal already) so it’s like a balance bike, then pop them back on once they’ve got their balance. If you’re starting out on a learning to ride a bike journey, then I’ve got more tips in my post.
N had a blast just riding along through the park. Yes, we forgot his helmet, but I wasn’t doing a 14 mile round trip back again to pick it up when his version of falling off the bike is when he’s stood with it rather than during riding. And we were only on the path in the park…it’s not like he’s going fast enough to hurt if he falls off. Thankfully we found the helmet again when we got home.
He also had a quick play in the playground.
He also found the mini bike track so had a good time cycling round that, and trying with the scooter as well.
He doesn’t seem to get that tired (although he does tell me his legs are tired). But my legs always ache after scooting. It’s definitely a work out, even if my fitbit doesn’t count it as steps.
Do you get out to the park on bikes? Do you go out on a scooter as well as your children?