Happy first of the month to all, and what a great way to kick it off by carrying on from our last blog post. We chatted about the importance of your involvement with your child outside of Thriving, to continue their development. But the age-old question is how?
Well activities at home should compliment the activities in Thriving. This means they should target some key fundamental moving skills (e.g. catching, throwing, balance and jumping) while sneaking in some strength. But most importantly it must be fun and engaging.
Now this may all sound like a lot and somewhat impossible BUT we are here to help and give a few activities to try out yourself!
Throwing items: beanbags or socks
“Hole”: Bucket, laundry baskets, or cardboard boxes (the bigger the easier the activity is)
Tape: to mark tee off areas (if you don’t want to use tape find a piece of paper scrap)
Place the “holes” around the house to make a complete golf course.
Place tape on the floor to mark where you throw from for each hole.
Take turns standing on each golf tee and tossing (underhand) the item into the “hole”.
Continue tossing at each “hole” until the player sinks the item.
Go around the house golf course and keep track of how many tosses each of you requires to sink a shot at each hole.
Too make it a little harder, make the toss distance larger or decrease the size of the hole
Once the underhand throw has been mastered, play again using overhand throws
This activity helps to develop coordination of the upper body and fine motor control. These skills transfer to many sports and other activities that have a throwing component.
An open space: cleared of obstacles
Boundaries: cones, tape or floor edges
Music: loud and fun!
Outside activity: choose an activity that must be completed on the outside before the player can come back in (e.g. 10 squats, 5 push ups or 10 star jumps)
Play the music and run or dance around the area
Once the music stops, all players must freeze on the spot
Hold your statue position until the music is played again
If you don’t stop or hold your statue stand outside the boundaries and complete the activity that was set to come back in
You can use place markers (e.g. pillows) as a location of where the kids have to run and freeze. Have one less than the players to use the outside activity
Increase the freezing time
Running and dancing around will get the kids’ heart pumping and their balance will be challenged during the freeze times. The start stop rules are also teaching children to listen and follow instructions.
Soft ground space: carpet, grass or turf
Cones: for players to go around. Can be other objects that stand up e.g. books, water bottles or containers
Even number of people
Have one child on their hands and knees and other behind. The child behind grabs the feet of the other and carries them as the child on the ground crawls forward with only their hands.
Make your way around the cone and back as fast as you can.
Once back to the start swap over roles and complete course again
To make it more challenging add obstacles and a non straight path for the kids to follow
If carrying the legs are too challenging have the parents hold the legs and the kids complete to laps of crawling with only hands.
The upper body is getting a full workout in this activity along with working coordination for both of the children. Teamwork and communication are also key aspects of the game.
4.Egg and Spoon
Spoons: if you don’t want to use the good kitchen items you can use other flat objects e.g. cricket bat or book
Egg: we recommend not using actual eggs (boiled may be less messy if the kids insist!) instead try a small soft ball or balled up socks
Cones: to mark out your course. Can also use other items that stand up e.g. fan, book or water bottles
Have each player place their “egg” on their “spoon” only using one hand to hold on
Shout “Ready, set….GO!” and the players must complete the course without dropping the egg.
If the egg is dropped you can set “challenges” that need to be completed before picking the egg back up e.g. 10 star jumps or 10 squats.
Once the child completes the course, tag the next person to go.
After every member on the team has completed the course one, everyone sits down; first team to be seated wins.
Include obstacles that need to be dodge to put more challenge on their balance and coordination
Try bigger eggs or spoons to make it easier
Hand eye-coordination is the main target of this game. With obstacles the children will also have to use their peripheral vision and have fast decision making skills on how to avoid them without dropping the egg.
Why not try out these few games to get the family fun ball rolling!