In partnership with our friends at Burley
Going for a bike ride can be a great way to engage your kiddos in nature! Whether you are riding along with your bike trailer and kids in tow, rolling along with a new bike rider on a balance bike, cruising around the neighborhood with your kid on their training wheels, or watching a big kid pedal with ease, riding a bike offers so many benefits.
Getting outdoors for a ride is a great way to get the entire family involved, regardless of who is pedaling or just along for the ride. Did you know that it can help improve gross motor skills, overall endurance and muscle strength, AND provide a sensory experience? It’s true! Your senses of touch, smell, and sight are all stimulated along the way!
Taking a Sensory Bike Ride
Grab those helmets and wheels and get going! On this ride, we won’t be breaking any speed records – we will be stimulating our senses. (As always, be sure to be aware of your surroundings as you go for a ride!).
First, take note of what you feel:
What do you feel?
Do you feel the wind? Try slowing down. What’s happening with the wind? Now try speeding up to catch some more breeze!
Is it a sunny day? Can you feel the sun on your skin? What if you head past some trees? That shade probably feels nice and cool!
How does the road beneath you feel? Do you feel some bumps in the road, or is it nice and smooth? Is your path windy and flat, or hilly and straight? Pay attention to the different sensations as you ride along your path!
Next, take in your surroundings by looking at everything around you!
What do you see?
Are you taking a city ride and watching the cars zoom by, and seeing the sun peek between tall buildings?
Are you out in nature? How many different colors can you see in nature?
Are you in your neighborhood? Count the houses you ride by!
Download this Biking Sensory Ride to guide your adventure, but remember there are many ways to engage your senses on a bike ride! Try to think of different ways to do so as you enjoy the ride!