Deck Out Your Bicycle for July 4th and Guyku

Plan your own family or neighborhood 4th of July parade with social distancing by decorating your bicycle and riding around.  To make your bicycle roar like a motorcycle, add some cards to click on the spokes as you ride your bike! 

Attach an old playing card, baseball card or Pokemon card to the frame of your bike with a clothespin or painter's tape (so you won't chip off the paint of the bike frame).  Make sure the card sticks out enough to touch the spokes as the bike moves.  Ride around to make a loud clicking sound similar to a motorcycle!  Add more cards to get a louder sound.

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Where did we get this idea?  As I read the following haiku from the book Guyku by Bob Raczka, I remembered how fun it was to hear my bike roar as I rode it with cards slapping the spokes.

With baseball cards and

clothespins, we make our bikes sound

like motorcycles.

Haiku is a three-line poem with 17 syllables-5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, and 5 syllables in the third line.  Guyku has several haikus that may appeal to boys.  Here are two more:

If this puddle could                                 Mosquito lands on

talk, I think it would tell me                    my cheek.  I try to slap her,

to splash my sister.                                  but I just slap me.

Here are two more haikus from the book, If It Rains Pancakes by Brian P. Cleary:

My pet pig, Betty,                                     If it rains pancakes,

in her full karate stance,                         I'll need no umbrella, just

performs the "pork chop"!                     syrup, fork, and plate.

Enjoy the summer!

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