Toddlers and preschoolers naturally have a lot of energy, and active play will help them to burn some of it off. The goal of active play is not to work out but to establish an early appreciation for physical fun that they will carry into their school years.
The Fun Starts at Home
There are many indoor and outdoor games and activities that parents can set up for their kids. Active play doesn’t just burn off little ones’ abundant energy; it also helps them to further develop their motor skills. Depending on their game, it may improve hand-eye coordination as well. Here are some fun games and activities to add to the mix:
- Floor is lava — Tape sheets of colored paper to the carpet or the wood floor with painters tape, then tell your little one the floor is lava, but the squares are safe. They will have fun bouncing from square to square. The more their coordination improves, the more challenging patterns and placement you can choose. This same game can be used to hop, skip or jump from one sheet of paper to the next.
- Paper plate skating — Indoor roller skating is a bit dangerous, and depending on your child’s motor skills, may be an activity they aren’t quite ready for. Instead of roller skates, grab two paper plates large enough for your toddler’s feet and let them “skate” though the house. This works on both carpet and wood floors. Just be sure not to use plastic plates as they may be too slippery and can scratch wood flooring.
- Indoor toss — Get a large bucket or plastic container, and have your little one toss in bean bags, nerf balls, stuffed animals or balls of newspaper. Have them start fairly close to the bucket or container, and gradually make things more challenging by moving a bit farther away. This is even a good way to make cleaning up for the day fun, by tossing toys into the toy basket or bin.
- Scavenger hunt — Scavenger hunts can be done indoors or outside. Not a lot of preparation is needed. If you want, you can hide items with clues, but you can also ask kids to find items in specific colors or shapes, or that begin with a certain letter of the alphabet.
All of the games above can be played solo or with siblings, parents or play buddies.
Organized Play at Competitive Edge
Toddlers are too young for most sports, but Competitive Edge provides a variety of physical activities for preschool-aged youth. We are a popular field trip option for local daycares and preschools, inducing summertime daycare trips for kids of all ages. We also provide group physical education programs for home-schooled kids.
Our goal is to provide a fun and safe place for kids to play and maybe even make a few new friends. From sport-specific training to active play, we have something fun for every age group!
Competitive Edge aims to develop the “complete athlete” using performance sports training in Woodbridge, VA and surrounding areas. Members are able to enhance their athletic performance and develop a competitive edge to excel in their desired sport.