Maybe you'd like your child to show an interest in art, but you also want him or her running around outside, getting the fresh air and exercise that kids need. How do you combine these two things?
Washington-based Scott Baumann, who founded the product design firm Procreate Brands, has created a potential answer in the Chalktrail device. A wishbone-shaped arm connects to the back of any bicycle or scooter (with no need for tools) and supports a giant piece of colored chalk that drags on the pavement behind the rear wheel. This allows your child to "draw" on the pavement as they cycle, albeit with one color at a time.
A second, perhaps unintended potential use of the Chalktrail: Think of it like low-tech GPS—with the chalk attached, it should make it easy to go outside and see just where your tow-headed tyke rode off too. Unless they get hip to shaking tails and ride over grass to lose you.
Chalktrails is a Kickstarter project, but at press time they had just under three days left to hit 37 large, of which they'd only garnered $7K. But we like the concept of combining exercise with something creative, and if this project doesn't go, we hope it will inspire others to think along the same lines.