Week 2: Sustrans Outside In

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Welcome to Week 2 of Outside In family activities and inspiration. 

Missed out on Week 1? Check it out here

We would love to see how you're keeping active and creative in lockdown. Share your activities with us using #SustransOutsideIn

Day 1: Rainbow bling your stuff

Difficulty rating: Easy

Get creative and decorate your bike, bag or scooter using recycled bits and pieces. 

Bike icon Paintbrush icon 

What you'll need

  • Your bike, bag or scooter

Other things you might need

  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Old cereal boxes
  • Colouring pens
  • Plastic bottles
  • Tin foil
  • Old CDs
  • Anything that can be recycled or thrown away!
Rainbow bling your bike


Using the items you have collected, decorate your bike, scooter or bag.

Share your rainbow bling designs on social media using #SustransOutsideIn.

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Day 2: Swagger up your style

Difficulty rating: Easy

Today, we're walking, waddling and wiggling our way through the day.  

Pencil icon

What you'll need

  • Your best swagger
  • A piece of paper 
  • A calculator

Why walking?

Walking is such a great way to get about. It's not expensive and it gives you time to connect with the world around you.

Get your day off to an active start with this fun activity.


  1. Plan your walking route. For example; around your bedroom, around your house, from your front door to your back door, around the garden.
  2. Now for the fun part! Put some magic into your steps by skipping, hopping, jiving, jumping, sauntering, swaggering, waddling, wiggling and walking backwards to complete your route.
  3. What other walking styles can you think of? Can you come up with one of your own?
  4. Why not recreate how different animals move to complete your route? Stomp slowly like an elephant, prowl like a tiger and crawl like a crocodile.

Let's get mathematical

  1. Count how many footseteps it takes you to complete one lap of your route. Keep track of how many times you complete an entire route. 
  2. Multiply these numbers together to calculate the total number of footsteps you have taken.
  3. Can you convert this into miles? There are approximately 1,000 steps per half a mile. 

Why not get your family members to join in and put your steps together so you can reach even further?

Share your walking style with us by posting a photo or video on Twitter or Instagram using #SustransOutsideIn.

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Day 3: What's in a toolkit?

Difficulty rating: Hard, younger children may need adult support

Most problems on a bike can be fixed with a few small, good quality tools.

Today, we'll find out what you need to keep the wheels rolling.

What you'll need

  • Pen and paper
  • A bike or a picture of a bike
Bike Toolkit Illustration


Answer as many questions as you can.

Activity 1

Have a look at a bike, either your own or online. 

What do you think are the most common problems that may need to be fixed while out on a bike ride?

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Activity 2

Name 5 tools you could use to fix a puncture.

Remember, some bikes have quick-release wheels while others are held in place with a bolt. 

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Activity 3

The table below lists some essential toolbox items to keep your bike running smoothly.

Describe how you would use each tool.

You may need to do a little research, examine a bike up close, or ask an adult at home.  


How is it used?

 Tyre levers  
 Multi tool with different sized Allen (hex) keys  
 Metric spanners (sizes 8 to 15mm)  
 A ratchet / socket set  
 Screw driver (flat head and Phillips)  
 Chain breaker  
 Inner tube  
 Oil and grease  
 Old toothbrush  

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Activity 4

The Allen or hex key was invented by Mr Allen Keyes? True or False.

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Breakout time

  Take a look at our M-check video and step-by-step easy guide to check your bike is safe to ride. 


  • Always use the right tool for the correct job
  • Hold tools in the right way
  • Store them in a place where they won't get rusty
  • Keep your tools clean and tidy
  • Look after your tools and they will look after you.

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Day 4: The emotion guessing game

Difficulty rating: Medium

It's important to understand your own personal feelings and those of other people.

And to recognise emotions for what they are; feelings. They come and go and they change.

Today, we'll play a game that's fun, but allows us to talk about something very important too. How we're feeling.

What you'll need

  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Scissors
  • A bowl
  • A timer
Guess the emotion

The object of the game is to give clues for players to guess an emotion without naming it.


“You might feel this way if you are not allowed to go to your friend’s house”.  Answer: Frustrated.


  1. Take a piece of paper.
  2. With adult supervision, carefully cut out the paper into smaller squares or rectangles. 
  3. Write down an emotion or feeling on each card. Why not draw a face on the card too.

The more you make, the more fun you can have!

Here's a few emotions to get you started: 

  • Sad
  • Happy
  • Silly
  • Scared
  • Worried
  • Proud

How to play the game

  1. Put all the emotion cards in a bowl and mix them up.
  2. Take turns picking a card.
  3. Set a timer for 1 minute and start describing.

How many emotions can you guess in 1 minute? 

Once you've gone through all the emotion cards. Why not start again but this time acting out the emotions? Like charades. 

Time to think

What emotions do you feel when you walk and cycle?

Pick some negative emotions from your cards. How do walking, cycling and scooting change these?

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Day 5: Write it large

Difficulty rating: Medium/Hard, you may need support from an adult

Your mission is to write your name in large letters on a map using the streets around your house. 

What you'll need

  • A printed map of your area

How to print from Google Maps: Go to www.google.co.uk/maps and choose the area. Click on the three dots menu in the top right corner of the screen, select print, choosing landscape for layout.”

Map graphic Outside In

Ever wanted to write your name in large letters across the place where you live?

It might be frowned upon by the police if you start covering the place with graffiti. It is possible to do so if you follow this mission.


Look at a map of the area around your house. If you look closely at the streets you can see different patterns.

You might even be able to make out letters.

  1. Using your local streets, try and spell out your initials or your name across your neighbourhood (or town or city!)
  2. If you do this with a map that you have printed out, you could even write on it. Don’t do this with your parents' favourite atlas!

On your next walk, scoot or cycle - can you follow the route on the map of your initials or name? 

Day 3: Answers

Activity 1

Puncture, chain breaking, brake rub i.e. brakes rubbing against the rim creating a swooshing sound, wheels coming loose and gears jumping.

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Activity 2

Puncture repair kit (containing sandpaper, patches/self-adhesive patches, glue, chalk), tire levers, spare inner tube, pump, and spanner if your bike does not have quick-release wheels.

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Activity 3


How is it used?

 Tyre levers Used to remove the tire from the rim so you can access the inner tube and inspect the wheel.
 Multi tool with different sized Allen (hex) keys

A hand-tool that combines all the basic tools you need on one gadget, to fix your bike and get you home safely.

Allen keys are the most used tool for any rider. They are a hexagonal screw driver which allow you to take apart and re-assemble nearly every part of your bike.
 Metric spanners (sizes 8 to 15mm) Spanners come in a range of sizes. Smaller spanners i.e. 8, 9 and 10mm are usually used to adjust the nuts that hold the cables in place. Larger spanners may be used to adjust mud guards, reflectors, lights, seats, handle bars and wheels. 
 A ratchet / socket set This allows you to turn a nut or bolt faster without having to reposition the tool on each turn.
 Screw driver (flat head and Phillips) Makes lots of minor adjustments e.g. to lights, reflectors and angle of seat.
 Chain breaker Separates chain links to allow you to remove the chain and fix it.
 Inner tube Sits beneath the tire and contains a value which inflates or deflates the tube. The inflated tube is what gives you a comfortable ride. This is where you will need to fix a puncture.
 Oil and grease Used to lubricate your chain and cables.
 Old toothbrush Great for cleaning the dirt away from those hard to reach areas.

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Activity 4

False. The famous Allen key hexagonal shape dates back as far as the 1860’s.

However it was patented in by William G. Allen around 1910.

Although it is unlikely that he invented it, he appears to have been the first to have manufactured it commercially. 

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