Every year, I take the girls to our community’s 4th of July parade. They enjoy listening to the band, gathering up the candy, and watching the floats go by. At the dinner table this week, an idea struck me. Why not bring the fun back to the house this year? It wouldn’t be too hard to make Riley’s bike into a float.
I asked her, “If you could turn your bike into anything, what would it be?”
She thought for a minute. “A bike.”
“It is a bike. What if you could change it into something else but still ride it. What would you want to change it into?”
“A Spiderman bike! Yeah, a Spiderman bike! Come on, Mom, let’s go. A Spiderman bike!”
I probably should have asked after she finished her dinner.
What You’ll Need:
Glue (I used felt, which required a hot glue gun)
Black Sharpie marker
Supplies will vary depending on what kind of float you are making.
Directions for the Spiderman bike:
1) Google a picture of Spiderman. I knew what he looked like but had no idea what the details of his face were. Who knew he had webs on his face? Good thing it was easy.
2) Cut the cardboard in the shape of his face. Use the cut cardboard to measure and cut the felt. Glue felt to cardboard.
3) Cut the eyes and glue to the face. Use black Sharpie to outline the eyes and draw the webs on the face.
4) Cut two pieces of long ribbon. It doesn’t matter if they are too long. You can always curl them after attaching the face. Glue the ribbon to the face. Again, the hot glue gun came in handy here. Regular glue will need drying time.
5) Attach to the front of the bike and curl excess ribbon. Attach more ribbon to the bike and curl.
This is a great craft to get creative with! We’d love to see your creations!
Nurture the Experience:
Use this as a chance to teach your child about community involvement and organize a neighborhood bike parade! If you have an HOA, contact them, if not, contact some other parents that you know and ask them to spread the word! Work with your child on what you should say in your communication with them. What will they need to know to participate, what questions will they have, why would they want to join? These questions will help your child begin thinking about what it takes to plan an event and considering others’ points of view.
Bike Parade! The Coloring Book (Volume 1)
This first one isn’t actually for reading but is great for this activity! It is a coloring book with different animals on parade. Perfect if you are seeking ideas or need something for the kids to do while you put the finishing touches on the bike.