A gift (such as a camera, a soccer ball, or an animal) can contribute to a child’s development. What gift would you give to help a child develop? Why? Use reasons and specific examples to support your choice.
When I was about 10 years old, my older sister gave me a present: it was my first real grown-up bicycle. It was three-speed, yellow and black, and shiny and new. I still remember how excited I was. That bicycle was very important to me over the next few years. If I wanted to give a gift that would contribute to a child’s development, I would choose to give a bicycle.
They are great exercise and encourage outdoor play and recreation. Television and video games, which are the most popular children’s activities nowadays, involve mostly sitting and staring, and often do not provide any sort of social interaction. Riding a bike makes exercise and socializing fun.
Bikes are convenient transportation, too. Without a bike you have to depend on an adult to drive you almost everywhere. With a bike you can go to lots of places on your own, and can go farther. You can ride to your friend’s houses. If your school is close enough, you can ride your bicycle to school. You have control over where you go, and you’re not always waiting or begging for a ride. Now you can say “Can I go ……?” instead of “Please take me!”
As a child, a bicycle meant independence for me. Not only could I travel farther, but no one was watching where I went. The road went past the park, the pond, the woods, the 7-11 store, and more. I saw the network of little neighborhood roads from a different perspective. I could stop anywhere and look at whatever I wanted. Everything was my choice, and it was very active, not passive.
My bicycle gave me fun exercise, easy transportation, and freedom. For all these reasons, I think that a bicycle is a wonderful present for a child.