A child is never too young to learn about bicycle safety. Bike accidents happen often. The KidsHealth website states that 300,000 children visit the emergency room every year due to a bike-related accident. Fortunately, there are many ways to teach a young child about bicycle safety while keeping him entertained.
You can print out signs about bike safety from websites or you and your child can create your own. The American Academy of Pediatrics has several printouts on their website to remind kids about bicycle safety. Hang the signs at a child’s viewing level and talk about them often.
The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital promotes a Trike-a-Thon program. This is an entertaining, weeklong event that not only teaches preschool kids bike safety, but also raises money for St. Jude. With the help of parents, a preschooler can obtain sponsorships from family, friends and neighbors. This can either be a flat amount to help the child participate in the program or a fixed per lap donation. A preschool teacher or coordinator will receive a kit to help plan the week. Some of the items included in the kit are a book, posters, color sheets and a DVD.
The AAA website has bike-safety coloring sheets that can be printed out at home. At the website you can help a preschooler navigate a virtual customizable color sheet. Discuss what the preschooler is coloring, reinforcing safety rules while having fun.
Customize equipment, like bicycle helmets, to fit a child’s personality. The KidsHealth website recommends allowing a child to pick out a color and style she likes. Let her decorate it with her favorite stickers. Stickers that are reflective are an especially good choice because they can help make a preschooler more visible to cars on the road.