Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tricycles and Training Wheels

     Spring, Spring, yes?? no?? In Michigan you can never really be sure. We all need to take advantage of good weather whenever we see it, but I suppose that's true wherever you live, huh?
     Today the temperature might be 45 degrees...
workin' that trike and 'wheels'
Have the kids get out into the fresh air anyway...they love it!
Tomorrow the temp may be 60 degrees...
lovin' riding together
Lighter jackets, but look at those smiles...out of the house, having fun!
riding those bikes to school
When the snow and ice are gone from the streets and sidewalks, off they go to school on their favorite mode of transportation!
riding rental bikes on Mackinac  Island
Riding bikes becomes even more fun when the kids are able to rent bikes while on vacation. They can help plan the route, decide where they would like to go, and have fun as a family.
are you ready?
Are you able to let your kids have messy fun??? Some of our most delightful times with the kids....spring puddles!!!   F2 and I had always loved walking in the rain and, yes, stomping through puddles...so we just naturally encouraged the kids to enjoy the same process. Here's how it goes....have the kids put on junky (easily cleaned) clothing, get your camera out, and have them speed through any puddles they can find. This is what it looks like:
ahhhh!
Does it look like fun??  So many giggles and shrieks! They LOVE it. They also love the 'skunk stripe' they get up the back of their shorts and shirts :)  Water and mud...sounds like boys, right? I'll bet the girls would like it too.  And now, for the teachable moment...


When the kids finish riding through the puddles they have a job to do...every time!! They must hose down their bikes and then completely dry them before putting them away in the garage. This becomes a great lesson in how to take care of your things...explanations of what rust can do and how important it is to take responsibility for their own possessions. No slacking or whining allowed...make it fun, so they' ll want to do it again!


Have fun with those kids this spring...don't be afraid of dirt! Hurray for puddles!!


Happy Parenting!
D and C

7 comments:

  1. What a sweet blog, Diane! Thanks for following me at Doorkeeper. I'm following back!

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  2. Returning the love and happily following back!
    Love your blog -- YES; hurray for puddles!

    ♥cyn♥

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  3. We totally love making messes, and with the exception of my husband, we are all female.

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  4. What fun! My sister and I loved riding our bikes through puddles too :)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

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  5. Aren't boys such fun?! It's in the 70's here lately and we are loving playing outside.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I'm following you now and can't wait to see more! :)

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  6. Here in AR the weather is just as wonky!! One day its 45-50 the next its upper 60's!! We love puddle here!! As long as its warm, they are always in the mud and water!! Thanks for the follow, I'm now following you back from Not So Perfect Mom!!

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