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Two on a Trike

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About this video

The children in this clip attend a mixed-age early childhood center sponsored by a public university. One sunny fall day, they ran out onto the playground, and two of the boys, Caleb (3 years, 4 months) and Amarrion (3 years, 8 months) immediately headed to the barn where the trikes are stored.

The teacher headed off a potential argument over the trike by prompting Amarrion with words to use to convince Caleb to share the back seat of the trike. Prompting young children with words to use to solve social problems is an effective teaching tool. Caleb showed great perseverance in attempting to taxi Amarrion up a hill. As the incline became steeper, it became increasingly difficult for him, and Amarrion eventually jumped off.



Two boys wait at the entrance to the building where the trikes are stored. They jockey physically for position, because they both want to drive the two-seater trike.

Pam: Caleb asked for it first. Let’s stick to the rules.

Amarrion: (Reaching toward the back seat.) I want to sit.

Pam: Ask him first, okay.

Amarrion: (Looking directly at Caleb.) Ask first.

Caleb: (Nodding.) Yes.

Pam: He can come on? Okay (helping Amarrion onto the trike). There you go.

Benchmarks and How They Were Met

BenchmarksHow They Were Met
Language Arts
1.B.ECa: Use language for a variety of purposes.
Amarrion told the teacher that he wanted to sit on the trike. With the teacher’s encouragement, he spoke to Caleb to express what he wanted (although he did not use a conventional request).
Physical Development and Health
19.A.ECa: Engage in active play using gross- and fine-motor skills.
Caleb steered and pedaled the trike while Amarrion rode with him.
Physical Development and Health
19.A.ECc: Use strength and control to accomplish tasks.
Caleb steered the trike and rode it uphill, then walked it when pedaling became too difficult.
Physical Development and Health
21.A.ECb: Follow directions, with occasional adult reminders, during group activities.
Amarrion followed the teacher’s directions to let Caleb start out on the trike since Caleb had asked first. Amarrion also asked to ride in the second seat, as the teacher told him to do.
Social/emotional Development
30.A.ECd: Begin to understand and follow rules.
Amarrion let Caleb have the trike, since Caleb had asked first.
Social/emotional Development
31.A.ECa: Show empathy, sympathy, and caring for others.
Caleb understood what Amarrion wanted and agreed to let him ride on the back of the trike.

Note: This video clip was made possible by STARnet Regions I & III with funding from the Illinois State Board of Education.

About this resource

Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
  • Preschool Program

Intended audience(s):
  • Teachers / Service providers

Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
Related Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards:
Reviewed: 2017