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Toddler Sports Games

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:

  • Round balloons.
  • Empty cardboard tube from wrapping paper or kitchen towel to use as a cricket bat.
  • Plastic kitchen spatulas or fly swatters for tennis raquets.

Football Keepy-Uppy

Balloon Football Keepy Uppy

This is a good team game where everyone stands in a circle and tries to keep a balloon in the air using football skills.

  • All stand in a circle and try to keep the balloon in the air.
  • Each player is only allowed two touches at a time.
  • Players can use their foot, head, knee or shoulder. Any part of the body really, but try and avoid using the arms and hands.
  • Can you keep it in the air for 5, 10, 20 touches?
  • This is great for numeracy awareness and counting too!

Balloon Batting

Toddler Cricket

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).

  • Show them which position to hold it in, either as a cricket bat or baseball bat.
  • Inflate the balloon until it’s relatively hard.
  • Throw the balloon toward their bat.
  • Encourage them to try and hit the balloon in any direction to start with.
  • If they are more confident, try and get them to hit the balloon back to you, the bowler.

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.

Cricket All Stars

Balloon Tennis

Toddler Balloon Tennis

Grab your plastic kitchen spatulas or fly swatters to use as tennis racquets.

  • Blow up a balloon with medium to lower pressure to allow it to float a little more. This gives your toddlers more time to make the shot.
  • Using your racquets, hit the balloon back and forth to each other.
  • If you want to make it harder, attach some string across the room between 2 chairs. This makes a net to try and hit the balloon each time to each other.
  • If someone allows the balloon to touch the floor on their side, the person on the other side of the net scores a point.
  • First to 5 wins that game.

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!

Kes

Solvej Baby Toddler Taupe Swing Lifestyle Mother Daughter

Solvej Swings Logo

We are so excited to be one of only a handfull of U.K. stockists of the lovingly crafted Solvej Baby & Toddler Swing.

The swings are designed and made by Thomas Mortimer (Sweden) and Jenny Etherington (New Zealand), you can spot the scandi feel to this gorgeous product. They travelled between Sweden and New Zealand for many years until settling in rural New Zealand in Jenny’s home village Matiere, a few months before their daughter Solvej (pronounced Sool-vay) was born.

Thomas, previously a cabinet maker and teacher, wanted to share the wonderful memories he had of swings in this own childhood with his young daughter, and designed the first Solvej Swing for their daughter in 1993.

 

Solvej Baby Toddler Smokey Grey Swing Bedroom Lifestyle

 

Both are particularly passionate about design, and environmental and social responsibility, values imbued in every aspect of the business. Twenty-five years later production remains in Matiere, NZ. Their daughter Solvej, studying architecture, is now also continuing the family legacy in the business.

 

The big benefits of these Solvej Baby & Toddler swings are:

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With stainless steel fittings and rot proof canvas, these swings can be set up both indoors or outdoors. Plus, you can have two different locations with screw eyes set up and move the swing easily between the two places.

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These swings are brilliant for babies who can sit up unaided from around 6 months up to a maxiumum weight of 40kg/88lbs which could be 6 ,7 or 8 years old.

 

Solvej Baby Toddler Swing Taupe Outdoor Lifestyle

 

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When your child gets a little older, you simply remove the leg divider and adjust the height of the swing. Your child can then get into the swing unaided by sliding the front bar up, slipping into the seat and off they go.

 

Solvej Baby Toddler Soft Linen Swing Lifestyle

 

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Swinging is a relaxing and soothing motion for any young child. It also helps with eye focus development. As they swing backwards and forwards, their eyes have to adjust to the changing depth of focus.

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Swinging stimulates the inner ear (vestibular system) in all directions which is essential for building effective balance.

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Use of a swing enhances co-ordination when the child gets a little older and can start to swing by themselves. You need to use arms and legs in a co-ordinated way to get the swing to start moving!

Green WhizzDevelops core, arm and leg strength through the process of swinging.

 

We’re offering these Solvej Baby & Toddler Swings for sale at a fabulous introductory price of £145.95 (RRP £159.95) for the month of March so check them out in our store.