7 Quick Tips for Cabin Fever

by Dave on March 4, 2016

If your child is like mine, they are getting to the end of their capacity for indoor boredom. I’d love to let him head outside and get some energy out, but it is still a bit too cold in the Northeast. Nicer weather is on the way, but you might have a few more weeks of restless kids around the house. Here are some tips to keep them busy until they can play outside.

1. Bring the Outside in.
Grab a few bins and containers and grab some of the best of outdoors for your little one to play with inside. Playing with sticks, gravel, a small bag of sand, water or even snow can turn into a fun activity. This one can be messy, so be ready to sweep up or have a small tarp to play on.

2. Blanket Forts.
Maybe it is the engineer in me, but I love trying to come up with ways to set up blankets and chairs and turn them into a special little forts. I have fun doing it and I assume my son likes it too. I find that lightweight sheets are the least likely to fall down. Use binder clips or clothes pins to keep things in place. I also like grabbing a string of Christmas lights to hang inside to brighten things up.

3. Helping in the Kitchen.
My little guy loves to cook and sometimes that just means watching Mommy cook. We give him simple tasks like helping to pour an ingredient or giving something a quick stir. He loves taking pride in the finished product knowing that he helped.

4. Chores.
I think that chores are a great way to teach kids discipline and responsibility. That said, it is never very easy to get kids to cooperate when you are asking them to help do something they don’t want to do. I try to make the job fun by turning it into a race or by making it a little more challenging. Let’s see how many of your stuffed animals you can through into your toy box from a few feet away.

5. Obstacle Course.
If your house is like mine, finding obstacles isn’t very hard to do. By setting up obstacles around the the house my son can race against Mommy and Daddy… and we don’t even need to let him win. He is so agile, that we couldn’t never keep up with him. And he loves watching Daddy get stuck under the coffee table.

6. Follow the Clues.
This is a treasure hunt game and it doesn’t need to be as involved as you think. While your little one is doing something else, grab a treat and a pad of paper. Hide the treat somewhere and come up with a simple clue to describe that location. For example: If you hide something under his placemat, you might say: Look in the place you spill your spaghetti. Take that note and hide it in another location. Do that about 5 to 10 times. Bring the last note to your child and tell him that you received a mysterious note and you need help to figure out what it means.

7. Scavenger Hunt.
Come up with a list of things that can found around the house and see if your little one can find everything on the list. If she can’t read yet, then you can be the list-holder and she can be the fetcher. Pick a number of common items and for some extra fun throw in a few strange items that you have strategically placed around the house.

I hope that helps get through the next few weeks. It won’t be long now. I’m getting my son’s balance bike out and ready to go as soon as he can get back out there.


Tykes Bykes’ New Models

by Dave on June 20, 2015

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This Spring/Summer Tykes Bykes has released new models of the 12″ and 16″ balance bikes.  The 12″ Scamper has been modified to fit a wider range of inseams.   The seat height now starts at 12.5 inches and adjusts up to 17.5 inches.  The bikes still have a rear brake and nice, wide handlebar to help with stability.  They’ve updated the paint style on these rugged bikes, also.  The Scamper should be a great fit for kids through 4 years old.  The 16″ Charger has expanded it’s seat height from 16 inches min to 23 inches max.  They’ve added alloy rims to the tires to help lighten the bike a bit.  Again, the paint style has been changed and looks really cool!  The new model still comes with a rear brake and quick release clamp for seat adjustment.  The Charger is designed for kids over 4 years old.  Check out the pictures of the new design!


Great Holiday Season

December 28, 2014

Thanks to everyone who has made this a great holiday season for balance bikes. As predicted, balance bikes were are becoming an attractive gift for any child who is eager to learn to ride. This meant some items selling out before the season was over, and we apologize if you couldn’t find what you were […]

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Get your Balance bike holiday thinking cap on!

September 30, 2014

Thinking of getting a balance bike for your toddler, preschooler, or school age child who isn’t riding yet?   This may be the time to do your research and decide on a model and color.  Balance bikes are becoming more and more the rage and every year the distributors struggle to stay in stock as long […]

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New Kinderbike E-Series Air – for the littlest riders!

September 3, 2014

Kinderbike is excited to bring to the forefront another model in their line up that is sure to stir up some excitement for those with the youngest of riders! A small bike with air tires, weighing a mere 7 pounds, with the convenience of quick releases on both seat and handlebars.   Oh and wait, it […]

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The 2014 Kinderbikes – new XL post for extended use!

June 13, 2014

UPDATE FALL 2014:   The new 2015 Kinderbikes arriving early October will have the XL post for extended use  included in your purchase!  This applies to all models – the Kinderbike Laufrad, Laufrad Mini, and E-Series Air.   Way Cool!  Going on pre-sale in the next week! Kinderbikes have arrived for summer riding!   Available are the Laufrad […]

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The New 14″ XL Scoot by Ridgeback

May 22, 2014

We want to welcome the new XL 14″ Scoot bike by Ridgeback to the line up for older preschoolers and school age kids 4 – 8 yrs old. This is the cadillac of balance bikes – quality made like a real bike, without a weak point to be found. Having 14″ tires keeps the frame […]

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The Amazing 2014 Strider bike that GROWS with your Child

May 17, 2014

Strider Sports is one of the first balance bike companies launched in the US,  starting up in 2007, and Kids Balance Bikes  jumped on board close behind in 2008 to promote this exciting new concept to kids as young as 18 months. Now Strider has grown a thousand fold,  expanded worldwide and improved their bikes […]

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The New Tykes Bykes are here!

October 28, 2013

We always get a little excited when new products arrive.  Especially new colors in a bike we already love.  The Tykes Bykes new stock just arrive with the new colors Blue, Purple and Yellow!   For Sale now in time for the holidays! This  12″ balance bike is packed with great features parents and kids love! […]

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Wait for Kinderbike Morph bike Or Not?

October 2, 2013

Update as of Sept. 2014:  The Morph II is still delayed and we do not have an exact release date and it is possible it will not arrive for Christmas this year.   We will update this as soon as we have a definite answer!  In the meantime there are plenty of great options for […]

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