Yasmeen Kamrani Sallam
Riding a Tricycle
Did you know that riding a tricycle is a rite of passage for most children in the early years? When young children ride a tricycle they learn, develop, and benefit so many skills.
When a child rides a tricycle it improves their coordination and balance moving various muscle groups, promotes development of hand-eye coordination, and enhances their arm and leg coordination as they maneuver getting on and off the bike. All these gross motor movements are great for promoting continuous physical movement and development.
As they learn to ride you will see a child beam with confidence as they master finding the way to tackle the challenges of obtaining the skills to ride. With that confidence comes independence to navigate from one area to another on their own, which also will make them more aware of different modes of transportation.
While riding the bike, comes falls, bumps, bruises, and scraps. Believe it or not this will instill more safety and self awareness of themselves and those around them, as they will become more spatially aware while building their instincts. With more risk taking (riding faster, over bumps, downhill, uphill, etc.) provides for new skill sets that will lead them to be more open to try new adventures. Riding a tricycle essentially paves the way for more adventures such as riding a bike on their own!
Our centers were lucky enough to be #gifted the Children's Factory Angeles Classic Riders that come in various sizes ( ClassicRider® 8″, 10", 12",14"). We have always used these bikes at our preschools and they last forever. Along with the bikes we were also gifted these awesome Traffic Signs for our transportation areas. The children are able to create realistic roadways, building language + recognition of the meaning of the signs when they see it around where they live! The children as usual were elated to get to riding right away!