Toddlers are naturally quite active, and lockdown may restrict their activities, especially if they are normally in a playgroup or creche. The best way to get kids active is to make it fun and playful. Try these activities, which not only keep them busy, but also contributes to the development of gross motor skills. It requires whole body movement which involve the large (core stabilising) muscles of the body.
Inside or out, encourage your child to slither like a snake, hop like a frog, gallop like a horse, or walk like a bear on all fours.
Skills developed: Hopping, galloping
Keep the Balloon Up
Outdoor on a calm, windless day, or inside, have your kids use their hands or half of a pool noodle to keep a balloon afloat. How long can they keep the balloon off the ground?
Skills developed: Hand/eye coordination and striking
Set up a line of couch, throw, or bed pillows on your floor, and have your child walk from one end to the other. It may sound easy, but their balance will be challenged!
Skills developed: Balancing
While the rules are simple, the options for movement are endless. Simon can have kids jumping like a kangaroo, standing as tall as a house, making funny faces, standing on one foot, or waving their hands over their heads.
Skills developed: Multiple, depending on the leader’s actions (jumping, balancing, hopping, etc.)
There are so many ways to make paper airplanes at home. Throw them inside or outside and see how high they can fly, how far they can fly, or if your child can throw them through an object such as a hula hoop.
Skills developed: Throwing