May Parent Zone

May 2010 Parent Zone

Cycling Safely

When most adults think about exercise, they imagine working out in the gym on a treadmill or lifting weights.

But for kids, exercise means playing and being physically active. Kids exercise when they have gym class at school, soccer practice, or dance class. They’re also exercising when they’re at recess, riding bikes, or playing tag.

Parents should encourage their children to play, but safety is critical—especially while bike riding.  Helmets are generally accepted these days and most kids won’t balk at using one.  You could also invest in knee and elbow pads, but the helmet is probably the most important thing to remember.  You may have to set the ground rules and follow through consistently if your child is less than thrilled to be wearing safety gear.

With your child equipped to ride safely, you can get out your own long forgotten bike and join him or her for some outdoor fun.  Riding bicycles is not just a recreational sport; it is a beneficial and healthy exercise.  You’ll have so much fun you won’t even realize you’re working out!

Other Links to Explore

Ten Fun Facts about Bikes

Bike Helmet Information

Kids and Bicycle Safety

Bike Safety Tips for Kids

Richland B & O Trail

Ohio Bicycle Events Calendar 2010


Duck on a Bike by David Shannon



Froggy Rides a Bike by Jonathan London



Angelina’s Birthday by Katharine Holabird



The Bike Lesson by Stan Berenstain



Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen by Cari Best



Franklin Rides a Bike by Paulette Bourgeois



D.W.  Rides Again Marc Brown



My Sister’s Rusty Bike by Jim Aylesworth



Bicycle Book by Gail Gibbons



Vera Rides a Bike by Vera Rosenberry




Disney’s Mickey Mouse ClubhouseSong # 9, “A Bicycle Built for Two”



Toddlers on ParadeSong # 11, “Bicycle, Bicycle”





Craft of the Month

Going green is not the in thing to do it’s the right thing to do! Every time I throw something in the garbage, I feel a little guilty. After the garbage man takes it away, where does it go? It goes into a giant landfill, buried deep and sometimes, not so deep. Gross! And it takes years to decompose and become earth again. Some things, like plastic and foam, never decompose. But we can all do a little to help preserve our Planet Earth. A little effort goes a long way and if everyone pitches in, that can make a BIG difference. After all, we only have one Planet Earth and we have to take care of her so she can continue to take care of us.

Bring a Bag!
When going to the grocery store, bring your own bags. You can reuse old plastic bags and bring them back or you can bring fabric bags that you can use over and over again. Many stores now offer fabric bags for $1 each and they can be used, washed, and reused.

Buy Recycled Paper
Many of the paper products we use such as copy paper and greeting cards are made of recycled paper. Support companies that recycle post-consumer waste.

Shop Second Hand
Vintage and second-hand clothing has never been hotter. Check out the deals at your local thrift shops. Not only does buying second hand give new life to old items, it’s great on the budget.

Turn the water off when brushing your teeth. This saves gallons of water.
Turn off all electronics when not in the room (TV, lights, computer, etc.) to save electricity.
Carpool with other people to school and work to save gas.
Keep your home’s temperature at an energy-saving level.

Most of these tips are common sense tips that have been around for ages but it never hurts to be reminded of how small efforts can create significant change. So do your part in preserving our Planet Earth. Go green and become a lean, mean Earth-saving machine! Recycle, reuse, and rejoice! Happy Earth Day!

Check out some of our recycled craft projects for Earth Day:

Baby Wipes treasure chest- Collect baby wipes containers and glue on scraps of colorful paper with Elmer’s glue.  Spread glue over finished surface to make sure all the edges are glued down.

Egg heads-Draw a face on eggshell, fill with potting soil and top off with grass seed.  Water and wait a few days for the ‘hair’ to grow until it gets long enough for a haircut.

Egg Carton Bugs- Get creative with these cute bugs using pipe cleaners, feathers and google eyes.




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