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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.

 

 

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“Using Million Dollar Satellites to Hunt for Boxes in the Woods” is how one child described Geocaching – I love that definition!

Geocaching is a totally real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices as opposed to Pokemon Go which crosses between real and virtual worlds.  Your mobile phones are perfect – you don’t need to get any more fancy equipment than that!   Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. It’s fabulous fun for a family outing and there are geocache sites all around Australia and many other countries in the world so it can be done at home or on holiday.

This brings back so many memories of letterbox hunting on Dartmoor in the UK when I was a child. Many a weekend we would search out a letterbox that was hidden amongst the ancient rocky outcrops called Tors. Sometimes we found it, to huge jubilation, and proudly marked our book with the stamp found inside the metal tin or box. And sometimes we didn’t, there are some life lessons in that.  Geocaching is simply a more high tech version of this.

Geocaching is a perfect motivator to get kids out for an adventure in their own environment with all the benefits that that brings. They’re building their stamina and strength as well as experiencing nature which helps create a positive mood and reduce stress. It can be incorporated easily into a family walk. Not to mention problem solving,  map reading and compass skills, all components of the first few years of the school curriculum.

Take a look at this video, created by Geocaching HQ, where kids explain geocaching…it’s completely adorable.

Keen to find out more? Check out www.geocaching.com for the full story or start your Geocaching adventure now by following the 3 steps below:

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Step 1: Create a free Geocaching account

Download the Geocaching® App to your mobile device.


Get it on Google Play

Apple Store Download Button

 

Explore, find and log geocaches around the world by signing up to the Free Basic membership. This gives you access to all the easy graded caches around the world. You can also get access to more tools to make geocaching even better with a Geocaching Premium membership. This currently costs £24.99 a year and gives you access all cache types.

Step 2: Find a geocache.

Turn on your GPS Location setting on your mobile device and you will see all the Geocache sites around your location. You can view them by Map or by List. Personally I find the map view better. Pick a chosen location by tapping on the screen. There will be a description of the cache location which can be expanded by tapping on the summary. Some of the sites contain little trinket/toys which make the find even more fun. Don’t forget to take a pen and a little something to swap with the trinket that you take. Click Start and away you go,  use the map and compass to try and navigate to its location.

Step 3: Share your experience.

Once you findJoe Geocache Treasure it, sign and date the logbook, re-hide the geocache exactly how you found it, and share your experience online on the App.

This is my son Joe’s treasure that he found on the last school holidays. It’s one of the oldest Geocache sites in Queensland down on the Gold Coast and it’s a beautiful walk up around Burleigh Heads.

We’d love you to share your adventures with us too so tell us how it went if you gave it a try!

Happy high tech real world treasure hunting!

Kes Reid