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Play on Pedals – preschool cycling

In a Glasgow project to get preschool children the opportunity to learn to ride a bike, advocates aimed to increase children’s physical activity in the city. Over the course of its first 2 years, Play on Pedals http://playonpedals.scot engaged more than 7000 preschool children using balance and pedal bikes. They worked by offering training to early years teachers and volunteers, who learned about cycling as well as bike maintenance. The project also ran a bike donation and redistribution program. The program is set to expand through Transport Scotland. Follow them on twitter: @playonpedals

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Play on pedals at the Bike Station, Glasgow January 2017,
Photo Andy Catlin

In our book Bicycles, Airships, and Things that Go, we try to illustrate a lot of positive family cycling, with spreads featuring:

  • many different kinds of bikes
  • bike parking
  • bike bus

Great ways to expose the kids to bikes on the pavement and on the page.

p4-5-colorgrab children's book illustration of bicycle parking and urban garden

children's book illustration of bicycles

Bicycles, Airships and Things that Go, written by Bernie McAllister, illustrated by John Aardema

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Kids STEM picture books

Yes, we like our own book, but there are others out there to consider! Here are a few that have come onto my radar lately… My Mommy is an Engineer Kerrine Bryan published her children’s book after she got fed up wth gender stereo types in careers portrayed to kids. She commented that she fell intomore

Barbie, the Engineer

Yes, you read that right. There’s a new Barbie in town. Barbie STEM kit (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math) offers a mini-skirt wearing technician—flagging up the first problem—who only fixes or builds domestic appliances. Professional women have argued that the domestic context of the new Barbie reinforces the idea that a woman’s focus ismore

Mover Kit

Following on our post about digital games for the outdoors, we wanted to mention that a favorite local maker group has a great new mover kit. Technology Will Save Us makes a number of kits, plus hosts great workshops for families around London. (We trialled electronic play dough and little bits, an electrical lego-like toy,more

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