Parents Use Thwacker To Get Children Out Of House.

July 21, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
Children are increasingly becoming more sedentary and spending their childhood indoors. According to surveys by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control, “A child is six times more likely to play a video game on a typical day than to ride a bike.” Plain and simple: kids need to get off the couch and exercise.

Thwackers encourage kids to play outside and serve a variety of safety functions. “My son was so excited to have his Thwacker that he woke up early to ride his bike before the school bus came,” said Sarah Smolen, of Plainfield, Illinois.

In some areas, noisemakers are a required safety device on bicycles. Parents can easily keep track of children when they can be heard zipping around the neighborhood. The sound of a Thwacker also alerts automobile drivers that a rider is nearby. And on trails, the thwacking noise cautions animals or hikers that a cyclist is approaching.

Thwackers are available in a variety of youthful designs, and prices range from $2.97 to $7.97. Currently, all styles are sold online at

Thwacker Company was developed by Peter Deuschle, a father of four children, and middle school teacher in Plainfield, Illinois.