Ideas to get moving this fall

Ideas to get moving this fall
Whether your child is highly active or calm by nature, here are some fun ideas to get him moving.

Whether your child is highly active or calm by nature, here are some fun ideas to get him moving
From zero to 12 months old

  • Lie down on your back in the leaves and place your baby face down on you so that he can feel his body movements.
  • Place your baby face down on a slightly deflated ball and gently rock him back and forth while holding him firmly.
  • Lie your baby down on his back and gently bend his knees so that he can place his open hands on them. Then roll him gently onto his left side and then his right.
  • Bring your baby’s knees up to his chest and then his toes towards his chin while you sing a rhyming song.
  • At bath time, encourage your baby to splash and kick in the water to discover new movements.
  • When your baby is able to hold himself in a sitting position, sit on the floor facing him and roll a foam or other ball towards him.
  • Spread out objects in a room and encourage your baby to reach for them—and eventually grab hold of them when he’s able—by climbing or crawling.

From one to three years old

  • Pretend you’re a bird and flap your wings as you run.
  • At the park or in the woods, ask your child to find various objects in nature (a fallen leaf, a twig, a stone) by moving like an animal (cat, horse, dog, etc.).
  • Put on a raincoat and rain boots and go jump in puddles.
  • Lie down on the ground and pretend to swim moving your arms and legs.
  • Play bowling with empty plastic bottles.
  • While you walk, let your child push the stroller.
  • Roll in leaves.
If your child doesn’t like active games, the trick is to bring him outdoors every day and enthusiastically suggest various activities, without ever forcing him. The important thing is to keep it fun!

From three to five years old

  • Move around imitating a bat, witch, monster, cat, etc.
  • Use empty tissue boxes as slippers. Hide stuffed animals or pictures of animals in several rooms and ask your child to put on his “slippers” and find the animals.
  • Throw balls into piles of leaves.
  • Jump into a pile of leaves with your legs together or hop in like a frog.
  • On rainy days, do somersaults in the living room or set up an obstacle course in the house that your child has to negotiate on tippy toes.
  • Play pink flamingo by trying to balance on one foot and then on the other.
  • At the park or in your yard, play hide-and-seek or touch tag with his friends.
Remember
  • When we prevent a child from moving, we fuel his disruptive behaviour. He’ll become more agitated and less attentive.
  • Your young child can learn to better control his body with your help.
  • Moving predisposes your toddler to tasks or activities that require application and concentration.
  • You can get your child moving even when playing board games or during routine activities.