As my cohort quickly goes from curious infants to wobbling wobblers to confidently moving toddlers, they continually seek new challenges to fit their new skill sets. The most recent challenge has been the bikes. At TIH we have an assortment of tricycles, balance bikes, and traditional two wheelers. All of them have been undergoing investigation by Cohort 5 during our daily outside time.
IS mostly enjoys to walk with the bikes or sit by them and move the pedals. He's intrigued by how moving one pedal on the two wheeler causes the other to also move. Often he will sit next to the bike and move the pedal within his reach and watch to see if the other one will indeed move with it. With the continuous rain we have in the winter, IS and WG have also been focused on the water that collects on the seats of the tricycles. They enjoy putting just the tips of the fingers into the pool of water then splashing with their entire hand!
This intensifying interest in the bikes is the newest in the growing focus on movement within Cohort 5. As the weather continues to change and we see more and more rain than clear skies here in the PNW, it will be interesting to see how the children grapple with the struggle of a bicycle in the rain. The slickness of the pedals and the metal of the bike will add great challenges to our biking interest and a whole new area of work for us to explore!