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Get kids moving: tips for more activity

Do you remember the constant temptation to slide, run, jump and skip when you were a child? A wide range of physical experiences is a vital part of our children’s healthy development. By exercising, they learn how to control their body with confidence. Physical activities also increase self-confidence and independence and avoid those extra pounds of weight. You should therefore ensure that your little ones have plenty of opportunities to get moving.

Kids playing in the meadow

Time and space for physical experiences

Get kids moving: tips for more activity Do you remember the constant temptation to slide, run, jump and skip when you were a child? A wide range of physical experiences is a vital part of our children’s healthy development. By exercising, they learn how to control their body with confidence. Physical activities also increase self-confidence and independence and avoid those extra pounds of weight. You should therefore ensure that your little ones have plenty of opportunities to get moving. kids playin in the open field Time and space for physical experiences Children need lots of time and space to satisfy their natural need to move. Unfortunately, busy roads and limited living space make it more difficult now to run around and play outdoors or at home than it was in the past. Teach your child games that are appropriate to your living environment. For example, even in small apartments you can put down a mattress to jump around on or provide soft balls to play with. Children at kindergarten age are already able to use tin-can stilts, climb ladders suspended from the ceiling or use a pull-up bar fixed to the door frame.

Exercise or sport – which is suitable?

Sport and exercise are often used to refer to the same thing. However, there are differences. While sport focuses on technical ability, performance or competition, exercise is more natural and instinctive. Both have their place in the everyday life of your child and the crossover is blurred. Small children in particular can satisfy their urge to move in the following ways:

  • Children try out different physical positions and various ways of moving by running, crawling, sliding, hopping, etc.
  • Rocking, balancing, swinging (like on a see-saw) and rolling help to test physical balance in different situations and on different surfaces.

Ensure that your child has developed basic motor skills before trying out a specific type of sport. Motor development partially depends on the age of the child. It can also be developed through a variety of different activities. For example, there is not much sense in signing up your child for tennis training if they have not had sufficient opportunity to play with balls beforehand.

For small children: fun movement games

Small children prefer to move as part of a game. They love to crawl, hide, hop, throw and play simple movement games with fun singing rhymes. girl playing tennis

Movement makes children hungry and thirsty

Your child needs a balanced and varied diet, both for their busy everyday life and to grow and develop. As a basic guide:

  • Lots of: plant-based foods and drinks
  • Moderate amounts: meat products
  • Small amounts: high-fat food and sweets