Bicycle Makeover

Pamper family bikes and trikes.

  • Target Age:  3-5 
  • Learning Goals:  art, creative thinking & problem solving, life skills
  • Related Episode: Stolen Bike



  • crayons and markers
  • index cards or cardboard squares
  • shallow trays of water
  • sponges, soap and paper towels
  • streamers


Wash and decorate your own trikes and bikes.

  1. Wash down: Using shallow trays of water, sponges and paper towels, set up a "safe wash station" outside for tricycles, bicycles, or ride-on toys. 
  1. Spruce up: Help your children adorn the clean vehicle(s) with streamers and fanciful license plates made from index cards or cardboard squares.

Talk About It

If a tricycle is available, let your children compare it to a bicycle: How is it different?Where are the pedals attached? Do the wheels come off? Encourage them to describe the differences and similarities.

Take It Further
Ask a bike enthusiast to show his or her bike to your children. Have them point out the parts of a bike, and discuss things like bike accessories, repair tools, and safety gear.

Based on an activity in Play and Learn with Arthur, Volume 1.

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