At all of our Cuddles Childcare Centre locations in the Perth area, we routinely incorporate active play into their experience. We know that it can be difficult to do that at home, but it is essential that children are active. Children who are active are in better physical condition and naturally seem to have more self-confidence. Here are five tips on how to ensure that your child is active.
Set Them Free…
While we agree with the use of child seats for safety in cars, we advise against other forms of restraint, such as buggies or child seats in shopping carts. Let your child walk with you on the sidewalk or in the store.
When at home, let them play outside as much as possible. When outside, children will naturally run, jump and climb much more than they will indoors. Find a place that is safe for your child to play. Playing a game with your child or even tossing a ball back and forth is great for both of you, physically and socially.
If your child is stuck indoors with pent up energy, put on some danceable music and encourage your child to dance. You may want to bust a few moves yourself, too. It’s great exercise and teaches coordination and rhythm.
Children tend to follow their parents as role models, so be an energetic role model and exercise with them. If you tend towards healthy exercise, they will tend to do the same. If you don’t believe this, do some stretches or a yoga pose in front of your child. When he or she asks what you are doing, tell them it’s “something grown-ups do.” Your child will be exercising before the next word comes out of your mouth.
Encourage them to have friends over. When children get together, they like to play. This is exercise on autopilot and we consider it to be the best kind of exercise.
You’ll Never Walk Alone
Think about enrolling your child in some kind of group activity such as walking, hiking or a low-pressure sport. Not only will the child get exercise, but the interaction is good for social development as well.
Call a Cuddles Chlidcare Centre to learn more.