Throughout his early childhood, the toddler will develop his motor skills and his coordination and synchronization skills. Physical activity is a fun way to do this.
You only have to watch a toddler running awkwardly to realize that these skills are not learned at birth and need to be developed over time. Practicing a physical activity at this age will therefore allow him to familiarize himself with the rules and the game of course, but also to develop his budding physical skills. The more the activity is integrated into his routine, the more he will manage to control his body according to the sport practiced.
The benefits of physical activity are known and recognized at all ages of our lives. As parents, we can positively influence our children's habits by developing their enjoyment of movement early on! Let's not wait until the kids are older before incorporating exercise into their routine.
TV, video and obesity
The sedentary lifestyle of children who spend more time in front of their video games and television than playing outside begins in early childhood. It is ultimately a question of habit that becomes a status quo. By integrating activitiesregular physical activities in their daily lives, games that move and sports that are easy to learn, the little ones will take a liking to the expenditure of energy, the pleasure of movement and the fact of playing outside.
JEEP 0-2, JEEP 2-5
Kino Québec offers games and exercises for children and parents: JEEP 0-2 and JEEP 2-5, classics! The first is for parents of children from 0 to 2 years old, the second is for parents of children from 2 to 5 years old. They can be ordered for $2 per copy (+ $2 for postage).
Some activities and sports
Swimming is a complete sport that gets all parts of the body moving…and it's fun! In addition, all regions have one or more public swimming pools (Cégep, university, recreation center, etc.) which allow this activity to be practiced all year round. At little cost, you can either take advantage of free swimming periods or enroll your child in a swimming lesson.
BikeWhether in front of your home, in the neighborhood park or on one of the many bike paths developed in recent years throughout Quebec, it is possible to use a bicycle for many months each year. Fortunately, since the bicycle is a great way to move, while respecting the rhythm and age of the child. Go run an errand, get the mail, or just go for a daily walk with your child. At first, the distance will be short and perhaps strenuous for her little legs, but you will quickly seean improvement in his cadence. A great way to get him moving… as a family!
Vélo Québec will give you ideas for destinations and routes for older children and family outings.
It is certain that children under 5 years old cannot follow the great strides of mom and dad. Yet walking is not only good exercise, it's a must for years to come as the older child goes to school, to a friend's house a few blocks away, or to the neighborhood park. Walking requires patience and endurance, qualities to be developed in early childhood! Establish a routine after supper, for example by going for a walk with your child! Take the opportunity to talk to him about the neighborhood, the safety rules specific to his environment and your pleasure in spending time in his company!
Your area offers everything from ballet and karate to team sports, yoga and dance. Ask your local recreation organization or local weeklies for information, which are full of course announcements and activities. Talk to your child about their interests and tastes and start with a sport activity that suits both the child and your schedule. After a session, you will be able to determine if the activity actually meets his interests… in the pleasure! Yes, the key is the pleasure of moving and not the performance of the child in thissport.