It may be a skill that comes back naturally, but for many, learning to ride a bike is one of the most challenging childhood skills to master. It’s requires the ability to multi-task—balancing, pedaling, turning, stopping. No wonder kids get frustrated when learning to coordinate all the moving parts.
With a lot of practice and patience, kids generally learn to ride a bike successfully around the age of 5 or 6, but there is no golden age. As with any new skill, it’s best to wait until your child is ready. Here are 5 ways to help your kids learn how to ride a bike…
1. Start with a Tricycle
The three wheeled version of a bicycle allows children to become comfortable with the idea of a bike. Without having to worry about balancing, they can focus on mastering the pedals and steering.
Tricycles are also lower to the ground, so should they tumble and crash, it’s not as frightening as falling from a bike. But that’s not to say they don’t have to wear a helmet with riding a tricycle. Good helmet habits should always be enforced.