I’ve partnered with Dynacraft for this post.
I feel like learning to ride a bike is a rite of passage all elementary-aged kids should experience. I still remember the summer I perfected my 2-wheel bike. I took some tumbles but within a few days I had mastered it. Our neighbor down the road had a pool she allowed us to swim in, so having my bike made the trips to her house so much faster. Like most kids these days, mine are always asking for more screen time, but, especially during summer, I like to encourage my kids to get outside and play. Maggie is 6 years old now (I can’t believe it!) so it seemed like the perfect time to get her a bike and teach her to ride.
This past Thanksgiving, Maggie’s cousin introduced her to Shopkins. She immediately began requesting them for Christmas and her birthday. I wasn’t sure that she’d actually play with them but she has – a lot. Even Jacob and Zellene like to play Shopkins with her. So when I saw that Dynacraft just introduced a new Shopkins bike, I knew it would be the perfect bike for her to start out on.
When I told Maggie she would be getting a Shopkins bike, she was really excited! She couldn’t wait for it to arrive and try it out. This Shopkins bike is adorable. They really paid attention to the little details, including a cushioned seat that’s covered with Shopkins characters, training wheels with the Shopkins “S” on the side, even Shopkins graphics on the frame of the bike. The COOLEST feature of this bike is a removable extra large Shopkins shopping basket. Maggie likes to put her Shopkins inside the basket to take with her while she rides. When you’re done riding, you can remove the basket and take it with you. Maggie has absolutely loved this feature of the bike.
Upon arrival, I assembled it right away for her, but we didn’t have a helmet yet. Since the wheels weren’t dirty, I decided to let her start practicing inside the house on our cushioned carpet. Our house isn’t very big but it was big enough for her to get a little practice in on it. By the time her new Bell Helmet arrived a few days later, she was feeling confident and ready to go.
The big moment had arrived and Maggie positioned herself at the top of our driveway, ready for her first ride outside. Neither of us thought much about the very small slope at the end of our driveway. Just as she hit the slope she tried to turn her bike and immediately they both fell to the ground. The Shopkins in her basket spilled all over the driveway, the tears flowed, and her knees were scrapped and bleeding. It was clearly not the way she’d imagined her first bike ride would end. I hugged her and we went inside to grab some bandages and antibiotic ointment for her knees.
Initially, Maggie did not want to go back outside to her bike. She looked so sad. I knew that this was the perfect opportunity to teach Maggie the importance of trying again after an initial failure. Life is all about failures. So many times in life I’ve tried something and it hasn’t gone the way I’d hoped, but I’ve dusted myself off, learned from my mistakes, and tried again. We sat and talked about my failures, my successes, and why trying again is so important, and after a few minutes, she was ready to give it a try again!
Her next few trips down the driveway I walked beside her and before long she was feeling confident again. The past few weeks she’s gotten better and better on her bike. She’s cruising up and down the driveway and on the road in front of our house like a pro. She’s learned to ride her bike but, more importantly, she’s learned the importance of perseverance.