My 5 year old just learned to pedal herself a few months ago. My husband tied her feet to the pedals and then pushed her. she learned the motion and a few days later when he was helping her again, he stopped to talk to someone and she took off and pedaled herself!
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My son is almost 4 and still cannot ride his tricycle. He can't figure out how to pedal, he has a hard time pushing the pedals around for one entire cycle. Any suggestions?
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Wow! Sounds like there are some new gadgets worth looking into. All 5 of our children learned to ride their bikes just fine. Some kids just need more time than others. So, I just let mine keep their training wheels on until they didn't want them on any more. They would see their older sibblings or their friends riding without training wheels, and so they were motivated enough to want their training wheels off. Because there wasn't any pressure put on them about when they should be without their training wheels, they saw it as a pleasureable experience. We also took them to a large family park about 2 hours away from home and had a fun day trip of letting them ride their bikes all day. We live in GA, so this was at Callaway Gardens.
Go to pedal magic.com. My son has balance issues and was terrified but he got his training wheels off in two days. A friend of ours used it with her 9 year old who has ADHD and was terrified and he was riding in one weekend. The 25 dollars is a lot less than all of the fancy equipment. I think they even do a guarantee.
I taught my daughter to ride a bike in one day using this training 'thingy' I bought from Target. I don't remember exactly what it is called, but it is shaped like a long upside down 'U' and the bottom of it attaches to where you would put the training wheels. It was no more than ten bucks.
Usually when trying to teach a child to ride the parent runs alongside the bike as the child pedals and you let go hoping they can maintain their balance. It's kinda hard for them to get that balance when you are on one side of them...they will probably lean to far towards you or too far away. With this tool you hold on to this elongated handle from the rear which allows you to assist the child with finding their center of balance...they pedal with you gently guding from behind and when they are stable you simply let go.
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