Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Holiday giveaway: Win a YBike

Any of you familiar with a balance bike? It's basically a toddler-size bike, without pedals. The YBike has gotten props for being more stable than other versions out there (it stands on its own). Besides looking utterly cool, it's actually engineered to help with motor skills. It has just enough stability but a leeetle bit of instability to encourage kids to learn to balance on their own. Here are some Cute Children demonstrating:



Both Max and Sabrina are too big for a YBike, so I had a neighborhood four-year-old try the one the company sent (the bike is intended for kids ages 2 to 4, but can be used by non-huge kids older than that). "I like that it can pretty much stand and its own and that the back tires are so wide—it's good for younger kids or any kids who don't feel sure about their balance," her mom reports. "It gives them a little comfort and more control over that balance thingie. Technical, aren't I? She loved riding it in the house and outdoors."

I wish Max were small enough to fit on one! Heck, I wish I was! I asked his physical therapist at school what she thought of the YBike, and she and other pt's there thought it would be great to try with younger students to promote balance and trunk control. She said kids would feel secure with their feet on the ground. She pointed out an added bonus for boys: It looks like a motorcycle. Not sure the Hell's Angels peeps would agree.

I have one YBike Balance Bike in this lovely shade of orange to give away, worth $80. Any fool can put it together in about five minutes, and you guys are no fools. To enter, answer the question "What is YBike's School Program?" Big hint: you can find the answer at YBike USA.

Bonus entries:

Follow LoveThatMax on Twitter
Like LoveThatMax on Facebook
Like YBike on Facebook
Tweet about this giveaway: Win a YBike from @LoveThatMax and @YBikeusa, ends 12/16, http://tinyurl.com/23bj3mf

Update: The winner is pixiemama. Congrats!!!

This giveaway is for U.S. residents only and is open till Thursday, December 16 at 11:59 p.m. I'll randomly pick a winner on random.org, announce it here and alert you by email.

Good luck!

112 comments:

  1. Okay so I read about the program. They provide the bikes and a lesson plans. The kid are tested on balance etc prior to the start of the program and again afterward. Looks like their skills improve 50-100% after only a few weeks! What a great idea and how generous of them!

    Mindy~

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  2. I follow you on Twitter
    (bonus entry)

    mindy411@hotmail.com

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  3. Me too. They give lesson plans and ybikes to age-appropriate schools to show an improved balance and skills after integrating the ybikes into their program.

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  4. I follow you on Twitter

    quillight edebw@yahoo.com

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  5. I tweeted about the giveaway too.

    http://twitter.com/mooneyequalsmc2/status/12725766420701184

    mindy411@hotmail.com

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  6. liked you on facebook

    edebw@yahoo.com

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  7. liked ybike on facebook

    edebw@yahoo.com

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  8. tweeted about contest

    quillight edebw@yahoo.com

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  9. The school program is a very cool program offered to pre-schools, day cares and such. It includes a lesson plan about how to use a YBike in the school setting.

    And boy could we use a YBike here.

    love.

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  10. I follow you on Twitter.

    iampixiemama (kategriffith@verizon.net)

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  11. I tweeted the giveaway:

    pixiemama
    @iampixiemama pixiemama
    Win a YBike from LoveThatMax! So cool! http://bit.ly/dSDZjs If I don't win, I hope YOU do!

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  12. It is a really, very cool program. What a great way for hands-on learning to be incorporated into fun stuff that will keep the kiddos interested. I'm sure my little man would be pretending the Ybikes were some Star Wars droid army or something!! Yoda bikes maybe?

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  13. Cool! I've just been thinking one of these would be great for my very cautious and somewhat clumsy 3 year old son to gain some confidence and balance.

    The schools program is FREE (cool!) and helps preschools incorporate the bike into their programs. Sounds great!

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  14. Wow, their schools program is FREE and offered to both Montessori schools and other programs. I'd love to win this for the preschool at my school!

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  15. YBike is a great program! It is free for preschools and daycare programs and they provide lessons for the staff. Kids are tested at the beginning of the program and at the end and show at least a 50% improvement in balance and coordination. Passing this along to my PT friends and also liked "Love That Max" and "YBikes" on facebook. Thanks for the great info!
    nlehman116@msn.com

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  16. It is a free program for preschools. I sent the form to my daughter's school.
    I follow you on Twitter @3princessmama

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  17. This a great toy! (don't enter me to win) Barbara

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  18. Nice giveaway! YBike offers a very cool balance and moter skill development program FREE to preschools using YBikes and lesson plans. Pretty neat! I'm going to tell Shelby's school about it. I know she could benefit from a YBike!

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  19. The school program provides the lesson plans and I assume the balance test to the schools to use with the bikes. Upon completion each child receives a certificate.
    I wish they had that program and my kids day care. It sounds like it would be a lot of fun.

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  20. FYI they also make a YBike Extreme which is designed for 3-5 year olds.
    I reviewed YBikes as part of "50 Toys in 50 Days" holiday series. If you want to know more, here is the link:http://tinyurl.com/2dh3gl3
    I also wrote a posting about balance bikes in general which you can find at: http://tinyurl.com/22nqk6s
    I really like the YBikes, so if you have a child this age, you should certainly enter to win one.

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  21. I read about their program--it gives daycares and nurseries ybikes and lesson plans on how to use them with the children.

    Thanks for the chance to win a wonderful toy!

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  22. Awesome giveaway! I have 4 & 2 year old boys at home who would LOVE this. What a neat program too for the bikes and lesson plans in preschools. I want our preschool to do it.

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  23. The schools program offers free lesson plans on how to incorporate yBikes into a preschool setting! {I signed up for more information!}

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  24. I like you on FB {I like in you real life, too!}

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  25. They teach daycares and schools how to use their program and products. Cool.

    Thanks for the chance to win! I would love to have this for the little boy we're adopting.

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  26. The YBike Skills program is a FREE program that we offer to pre-schools, day care centers, Montessori's and other accredited child care centers. A complete lesson plan is provided on how to use and incorporate the YBike in a preschool setting. Children are tested on basic balance and motor skill development prior to using the YBIKE. Teachers then follow a fun but structured, safe, educational YBIKE lesson plan for 2 to 4 weeks. At the end of this period children are tested once again on these basic balance and motor skills development. On average each child improves anywhere from 50 to 100% at these basic skills. What makes the program so successful is the children have FUN while learning and improving these critical basic child development skills. The program was developed based on a study undertaken in the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. The program has been running successfully in a number of countries including, the United States, Ireland and South Africa. Each child who participates in the program receives a certificate upon completion, showing how they have improved their balance. It is great fun and all the kids, parents and school administrators love it!
    mverno@roadrunner.com

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  27. Kevin (Dad to Zac, 2 years old with CP)December 9, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Read about the program on the YBike site. The school program is a FREE program that they offer to pre-schools, day care centers, Montessori's and other accredited child care centers. A complete lesson plan is provided on how to use and incorporate the YBike in a preschool setting. Children are tested on basic balance and motor skill development prior to using the YBIKE. Teachers then follow a fun but structured, safe, educational YBIKE lesson plan for 2 to 4 weeks. At the end of this period children are tested once again on these basic balance and motor skills development.

    I also liked lovethatmax on facebook and liked YBike on facebook!

    Kevin

    kjordan@ephibian.com

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  28. It is FREE program that we offer to pre-schools, day care centers, Montessori's and other accredited child care centers. A complete lesson plan is provided on how to use and incorporate the YBike in a preschool setting. Children are tested on basic balance and motor skill development prior to using the YBIKE...and it goes on and on...Really neat looking bike though...My youngest would LOVE it!

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  29. Hope I win it for my youngest! I will tweet about it.

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  30. So cool they give their bikes and lesson plans to little kid schools.

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  31. I can just see my two youngest fighting over this bike!

    The school program provides free lesson plans to preschools and daycares on how to use and incorporate the ybikes in a prek setting. I was impressed at the improvements seen in motor skills. Makes me want to get off the fence and just get one already.

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  32. The YBike Skills program is a FREE program that we offer to pre-schools, day care centers, Montessori's and other accredited child care centers. A complete lesson plan is provided on how to use and incorporate the YBike in a preschool setting. Children are tested on basic balance and motor skill development prior to using the YBIKE. Teachers then follow a fun but structured, safe, educational YBIKE lesson plan for 2 to 4 weeks. At the end of this period children are tested once again on these basic balance and motor skills development.
    What a great company and what a wonderful thing for the centers!

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  33. I read about the program! It offers lesson plans to preschools for 2 to 4 weeks, testing them skills such as balance and motor skills before the testing period and after. the children improve from 50 to 100% at these skills! wow I want this for my son! annemolino at hotmail dot com

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  34. I follow lovethatmax on twitter

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  35. tweet http://twitter.com/amolino/status/12996716554883072

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  36. The program is really awesome!It is a FREE program that they offer to pre-schools, day care centers, Montessori's and other accredited child care centers. A complete lesson plan is provided on how to use and incorporate the YBike in a preschool setting. Children are tested on basic balance and motor skill development prior to using the YBIKE. Super thing to do for others!

    Thanks, mimilovesall8@yahoo.com

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  37. I followed Love That Max on Twitter/andersonann48
    Thanks, mimilovesall8@yahoo.com

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  38. I tweeted the giveaway on twitter/andersonann48
    Thanks, mimilovesall8@yahoo.com

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  39. They give lesson plans and ybikes to age-appropriate schools to show an improved balance and skills after integrating the ybikes into their program

    nickieisis3atgmaildotcom

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  40. Love that max fb fan

    nickieisis3@gmaildotcom

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  41. YBike fb fan

    nickieisis3atgmaildotcom

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  42. tweet:

    http://twitter.com/NICKIEISIS3/status/13049797044862976

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  43. I have no need for one of these, but you'd think the company would make 'em in larger sizes. Not every kid is bike ready at age 5, 6, 7, 8, even nine or ten!

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  44. Awesome program, my daughters' school needs to join. I only love you on Google, and maybe on Twitter but I never look at Twitter because where would the time for Twitter come from??

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  45. The YBike Schools Program: "A complete lesson plan is provided on how to use and incorporate the YBike in a preschool setting."

    Since Bertrand can't really use the bike, I'd donate it to the Pingree Center for Autism. The kids in their clinic and preschool programs would get a kick out of something like this!

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  46. The YBike Skills program is a FREE program that we offer to pre-schools, day care centers, Montessori's and other accredited child care centers. A complete lesson plan is provided on how to use and incorporate the YBike in a preschool setting. Children are tested on basic balance and motor skill development prior to using the YBIKE. Teachers then follow a fun but structured, safe, educational YBIKE lesson plan for 2 to 4 weeks. At the end of this period children are tested once again on these basic balance and motor skills development. amypugmire@live.com

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  47. i follow u on twitter. 1amypugmire. amypugmire@live.com

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  48. fb fan of yours. amy bolda pugmire. amypugmire@live.com

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  49. fb fan of ybikes. amy bolda pugmire. amypugmire@live.com

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  50. tweeted. amypugmire@live.com
    http://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/13330269859745792

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  51. The schools program offers free lesson plans on how to incorporate yBikes into a preschool setting!

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  52. Their school program is free and is offered to pre-schools and day care centers. They provide a complete lesson plan and the children are tested on their balance sills before the program and then a few weeks later after using the bikes. Their site said each child improved from 50 go 100%. That's pretty cool. I know from my own experience, I learned to roller skate before I was 5 and I've always had good balance. I think anything that gets kids up and moving around is great.

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  53. tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/SnowflakeDay/statuses/13647151821230081

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  54. following on twitter as SnowflakeDay

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  55. A complete lesson plan is provided on how to use and incorporate the YBike in a preschool setting. Children are tested on basic balance and motor skill development prior to using the YBIKE. Teachers then follow a fun but structured, safe, educational YBIKE lesson plan for 2 to 4 weeks
    kathypersons at yahoo dot com

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  56. http://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/13904506672652288
    kathypersons at yahoo dot com

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  57. LIke YBIke on FB
    Kathy persons
    kathypersons@yahoo.com

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  58. it is a program for accredited preschools, montessori's accesory with the ybike..that includes papers for a pre-eval on the children before the bike and afterwards
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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  59. It is a free program, a complete lesson plan is provided on how to use andincorporate the Ybike in a preschool setting.
    mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

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  60. http://twitter.com/mkjmc/status/14265311901515776
    kathypersons@yahoo.com

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  61. http://twitter.com/#!/mkjmc/status/14634223092637696
    kathypersons@yahoo.com
    tweet 12/14

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  62. The YBike Schools program is a FREE program that they offer to pre-schools, day care centers, Montessori's and other accredited child care centers. A complete lesson plan is provided on how to use and incorporate the YBike in a preschool setting.

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  63. They provide bikes and lesson plans to schools!

    This bike would be absolutely PERFECT for my son's birthday.

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  64. http://twitter.com/#!/mkjmc/status/15003667321069569

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  65. A complete lesson plan is provided on how to use and incorporate the YBike in a preschool setting

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  66. Follow LoveThatMax on Twitter
    @sweepstaking

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  67. • Like LoveThatMax on Facebook
    (ron miller)

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  68. • Tweet about this giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/sweepstaking/status/15213875561500672

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  69. They give lesson plans and ybikes to age-appropriate schools to show an improved balance and skills after integrating the ybikes into their program.

    jcristig@hotmail.com

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  70. They give bikes and lesson plans to schools. The kids show improvement after a couple weeks of having them.

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  71. http://twitter.com/#!/mkjmc/status/15369448420540416 tweeted

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  72. what a wonderful program, I know a little one who would benefit greatly from this ybike!!

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  73. I follow you on facebook

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  74. The YBike Skills program is a FREE program that we offer to pre-schools, day care centers, Montessori's and other accredited child care centers. A complete lesson plan is provided on how to use and incorporate the YBike in a preschool setting. Children are tested on basic balance and motor skill development prior to using the YBIKE. Teachers then follow a fun but structured, safe, educational YBIKE lesson plan for 2 to 4 weeks. At the end of this period children are tested once again on these basic balance and motor skills development. On average each child improves anywhere from 50 to 100% at these basic skills. What makes the program so successful is the children have FUN while learning and improving these critical basic child development skills. The program was developed based on a study undertaken in the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. The program has been running successfully in a number of countries including, the United States, Ireland and South Africa. Each child who participates in the program receives a certificate upon completion, showing how they have improved their balance. It is great fun and all the kids, parents and school administrators love it!
    stanleybilly(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  75. The YBike Skills program is a FREE program that we offer to pre-schools, day care centers, Montessori's and other accredited child care centers. A complete lesson plan is provided on how to use and incorporate the YBike in a preschool setting. Children are tested on basic balance and motor skill development prior to using the YBIKE.

    letessha@yahoo.com

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  76. I follow in twitter/dahliamomma


    letessha@yahoo.com

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  77. I like you in fb/letesshaw

    letessha@yahoo.com

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  78. tweet

    http://twitter.com/dahliamomma/status/15458481762992128

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  79. I like ybike in fb/letesshaw



    letessha@yahoo.com

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  80. first of all its free and helps preschools incorporate the bike into their programs
    amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

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  81. i like "love that max" on fb
    amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

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  82. i like Ybike on fb
    amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

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  83. they give lesson plans and bikes to age apppropates schools ty.
    vivianbl@olg.com

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  84. It's a program that comes with a lesson plan on how to use and incorporate the YBike in a preschool setting. It's free and really fun for the kids.

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  85. The YBike Skills program is a FREE program that we offer to pre-schools, day care centers, Montessori's and other accredited child care centers. A complete lesson plan is provided on how to use and incorporate the YBike in a preschool setting. Children are tested on basic balance and motor skill development prior to using the YBIKE. Teachers then follow a fun but structured, safe, educational YBIKE lesson plan for 2 to 4 weeks.

    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  86. A complete lesson plan is provided on how to use and incorporate the YBike in a preschool setting. Children are tested on basic balance and motor skill development prior to using the YBIKE. Teachers then follow a fun but structured, safe, educational YBIKE lesson plan for 2 to 4 weeks. At the end of this period children are tested once again on these basic balance and motor skills development.

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  87. They provide help for incorporating the ybike into school programming.

    nesta 67 {at} live dot com

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  88. I'm following you on Twitter (I'm @LuckyJinxy).

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  89. Program to improve balance and coordination. Kellyeandjosh@aol.com

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  90. Liked ybike on fb. Kellyeandjosh@aol.com

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  91. They incorpoate the y bike into the preschool setting showing them the essentials to safe biking

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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  92. follow you twitter

    ardy22
    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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  93. liked you fb
    rich hicks
    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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  94. liked them fb

    rich hicks
    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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  95. tweet

    http://twitter.com/Ardy22/status/15630399153635328

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

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  96. It's a free program for pre-schools.

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