Our town is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Tour de Yorkshire cyclists this Friday; bunting is hung, yellow and blue bikes are decoratively placed and the children of this county are very excited! There is a real community celebration in the air and we decided to join in with some edible mark-making; writing icing on bike-shaped biscuits.

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This biscuit recipe was straightforward, and very tasty. The cookie cutter is actually a motorbike one, but I cut a triangle in the middle before we baked them, to make it more cycle-like; improvisation!

As you can see, the recipe was VERY generous and we had lots to decorate and enjoy.

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Little liked squeezing the tubes (brilliant for fine motor skills) and then dipping his finger in to sample the icing…

He was very proud of his work, and keen to share with others, showing them what he had done, and, in true toddler fashion, which one was “Mine!”

Our main aim is to actually make it this year: last year we managed to not get to the end of our road in time for the front-runners, underestimating just how fast they would be travelling from the previous village… Doh! This year we will be there early, to catch the full event, and maybe even share a biscuit or two with other bystanders.

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The Tour de Yorkshire is on from Friday 28th -Sunday 30th April and I’ve been mind-mapping some more ideas for literacy activities in the run-up:

-Letters on blue and yellow bunting; we could do this as a way for Little to start learning the letters of his own name.

-A threading activity using paper plates as wheels and threaded wool as the spokes would be a great fine-motor activity for an older pre-schooler.

-For picture books with bikes in, this Bicycling website has a great list of cycling reads.

Are you celebrating the Tour in your home or Early Years setting? What bike-related toddler activities will you be trying out?

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