Month: May 2014

How to Convert Your Child's Bike Into a Balance Bike | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
Up until a week ago, Sola has absolutely refused to ride her bike without training wheels. I had begun to despair that she might never learn to ride a bike without training wheels. How to Convert Your Child's Bike Into a Balance Bike | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
Fortunately, a good friend reminded me of a trick that she had used successfully with her daughter many years ago. We took the training wheels and pedals off of Sola’s bike, which allowed us to convert a two wheeler into a balance bike for her. Within two weeks, she was riding a two-wheeler like an old pro!

Remember, to stay safe! If you try this trick, be sure to adjust the bike seat to the correct height:

To function properly, a balance bicycle must be small enough that the rider can walk the bicycle while sitting comfortably in the saddle, putting both feet flat on the ground. The rider first walks the bicycle while standing over the saddle, then while sitting in the saddle. Eventually, the rider feels comfortable enough to run and “scoot” while riding the bicycle, then to lift both feet off the ground and cruise while balancing on the two wheels. (wikipedia)

What tricks have you used to help your child to learn to ride a two-wheeler?

Sola has decided that “art” is her “special talent”, as she calls it . As a result, she has been keeping me on my toes with all of the art that she has been doing around here. In particular, she has taken a liking to cutting paper and making elaborate paper constructions. This fascination of […]

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Sola is absolutely and positively obsessed with flowers. So much so, that our garden rarely has any flowers in it, as she picks them all to give to people, wear in her hair, put in small vases on the nature table, and who knows what else she does with them. So I recently had an […]

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I recently saw a photo of a lovely mermaid bendy doll. As I don’t have the opportunity to buy from the woman who made the mermaid doll, I decided to try to make one for Sola myself. I mostly followed the same directions that I used to make our flower fairy dolls, but I also […]

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A couple of years ago, I made this pom pom bunny for Sola. She helped to make it by being the hand model for the pom poms, but that was about all she was able to do at the time. This year, I wanted to try making pom pom animals again while finding a way […]

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