Kids who balk at the idea of wearing head protection for outdoor activities might find it harder these days to argue that helmets aren’t cool.
From dry-erase helmets to ones shaped like animals and bugs to others in bright colors, many of today’s helmets are designed to make kids want to wear them long after the bike is parked or the snowboard stowed.
“We’ll lay out 10 different character helmets at a skate park and let 20 kids try them on and play with them. We’re able to see immediately which designs resonate with them,” says Brad Blankinship, a spokesman at Los Angeles-based C-Preme, which makes helmets and other skate and bike gear.
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If your creative kid would just like to jazz up an existing helmet, check out the funky line of helmet accessories from Fauhaux, started by two former ToysRUs executives and moms, Jocelyn Fine and Kelly Dineen. The embellishments are made of lightweight foam and attach with Velcro. Dreadlox come in black, green, blue or multicolored; spiky Punkrox come in pink or red. www.fohawx.com
Anna Luther of Cincinnati, who blogs about life as a mom of three at www.mylifeandkids.com, got out the colored duct tape when her daughter’s Barbie helmet lost its charm but still fit fine. Enlisting the help of both her daughter and son, “we had a ball designing the helmets,” she said. Her daughter opted for pink and purple hearts. For her son, they created a blue and green helmet cover. “With a project this simple and cheap, we can re-design them every summer,” Luther said.
Also for the DIY crowd, Wipeout has helmet and dry-erase marker kits. White, black, pink and green helmets can be decorated with kids’ own designs or the stencils provided. Those include rockets, peace signs, clouds and stars. www.iwipeout.com