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In this cold weather it's understandable that parents don't want to ge too far from the warmth and comfort of home, but don't think this means you have to stay inactive. It is important that little ones do keep active because its only when they use their bodies to the limit that they begin to understand what they can do by themselves and how to mange their own bodies. The more practice they get the better they will be, not to mention safer when they are playing and better co-ordinated in general.
There are lots of physical activities you can do at home as long as you clear a bit of space. Here are a few ideas - but do supervise as some of the activites are a bit adventurous!!
- Let's Go To Bed. Clear a double bed of its covers, and have a bit of fun bouncing and rolling around on it. Try head-over-heels in the middle of the bed. Get your little one to stand with wide open legs and see if they can look through the middle, going upside down! Try moving round the bed by bouncing on their bottom; or just try walking without falling over! Make sure you explain that this is a special treat and shouldn't be done when you're not around... but have some fun!
- Lets Go For A walk. Go for a walk around the house and follow any lines you have on your carpet. Or throw a skipping rope or some string on the floor and try to tight-rope walk around the place for a while. Try following the rope while crawling or being an animal!
- Ball games. Try rolling a blown up beach ball to each other, or kicking it back and forth. Try using your head too! The beach ball is lovely and soft and light, so its a good one for indoor use. Just make sure all valuables are hidden away!
- Fetch. Throw a little toy into the room and run to get it. Try it as a race! Try the game on stairs if you have some. Throw the small toy up the stairs and you both try and climb to that step to retrive the toy. Make sure with very little ones you remember to teach them to trun round on the stairs safely and come down carefully.
- Jumping Jacks. Try doing some different jumps together. Jump over cushions or toys. Jump in time with music or while singing nursery rhymes.
Have a safe, fun time!