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We’re rolling on into the summer months and there are loads of large scale sports events to inspire you and your kids to get active. We’ve got the Cricket World Cup and FIFA Women’s Football World Cup happening at the moment and Wimbledon tennis just around the corner. We’ve put together a collection of toddler sports themed games for you to try at home.
You’ll probably have most of this equipment lurking around at home so they’ll be no need to buy anything more.
You can play these toddler games indoors or outdoors although don’t pick a windy day for the outdoors choice or you’ll loose your balloon props!
Equipment you will need:
This is a good team game where everyone stands in a circle and tries to keep a balloon in the air using football skills.
Your toddler can use the cardboard tube like a cricket bat with it touching the ground. Or in a baseball bat position (like in the image above).
This type of hitting across the midline is a great activity for boosting brain connections between the left and right side of the brain. This helps get the two sides of your toddler’s body ‘talking’ to each other to make more co-ordinated movements.
See my post about Motor Skills and the importance of activities like this if you want to find out more behind the science of this.
Have you heard about All Stars Cricket? If your toddler loves this game, you might like to think about signing up at your local cricket club when they’re a bit older. This is for boys and girls aged 5 to 8 years old. It’s a great program to learn the basics of batting and catching and it’s loads of fun.
Grab your plastic kitchen spatulas or fly swatters to use as tennis racquets.
See how you go with these 3 activities, my 10 year old still loves playing these games so you don’t have to just restrict them to your toddlers!
In a previous post, I’ve talked about a reduction in the development of gross and fine motor skills that can cause learning problems at school.
And this worrying trend was one of the main reasons for starting up my business.
Have you heard about the Movement for Learning project? Probably not. But this project directly addresses these issues.
The FREE program, available to primary schools, is the brain child of Professor Pat Preedy. Pat is passionate about early childhood education and has led international research contributing greatly to our knowledge and understanding of the development and needs of babies and young children.
She teamed up with researchers at Loughborough University to develop a simple daily 15 minute program for 4 -6 year olds that has been shown to improve physical development levels as well as benefits in learning and behaviour. Take a look at the video below to find out more.
The daily program gives children opportunities to move, improve movement (motor) skills and inhibit baby reflexes that should no longer be present.
The children carry out really simple tasks like throwing, catching, balancing, drawing large letters in the air, articulating sounds and skipping.
If you’re an Early Years educator, Primary School teacher or a concerned parent, take a look at their Movement for Learning website and contact the team to sign up. You’ll get plenty of support to set the program up in your school and the effects will make a massive difference to the children under your care.
Listen to what some of the schools that already do the program have to say in the short video below:
Any questions about the project? I’m happy to chat more about it. Just get in touch.