If you have a few art and craft supplies at your house, you can lead your children in a unique project that promotes bike safety. Teaching your children bike safety rules can start as early as your children can talk. Craft projects simply reinforce the laws of the road (or in their case, the driveway). Be creative.
Wear Your Helmet
Teach your children to wear their helmets every time they ride their bikes. Print a photograph or graphic of a bike helmet, and then enlarge it so that it is standard size. Cut out the photo and use it as your template to make a paper bike helmet. Allow your children to decorate their bike helmet with crayons, markers and glitter glue pens. Then glue the helmet onto a larger piece of art paper, and ask your children to write out what is important about wearing a bike helmet.
Make a traffic signal out of construction paper to teach your children the rules that cars--and bikes--must follow when on the road. You can do this by using black, red, yellow and green construction paper. Cut out a rectangle from the black sheet and circles from the red, yellow and green sheets. Glue the circles vertically on the black rectangle, which also should be oriented vertically. Staple a piece of string on each of the top right and left corners. Your children can hang the traffic lights on their door knobs to be reminded of bike road rules.
Night Riding Rules
To teach your children the importance of wearing reflective clothing when riding at night, cut out shirts and pants from construction paper. Then paint and decorate the "bike clothing" with glow-in-the-dark paint. For fun, turn off the lights or wait until night falls to see the clothing glow in the dark. Remind your children that one important bike safety rule is to avoid riding their bikes at night--but if they ever do get caught out at night, they need to wear reflective clothing and have reflectors on both the front and rear of their bicycles.
- Photo Credit bike image by Dubravko Grakalic from Fotolia.com
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