It’s no secret that kids can be incredibly clumsy. Whether they’re spilling food down themselves or falling in the playground, knocks and scrapes aren’t uncommon in those early years. Still, if you’re quite keen to get your kids in a functional and independent state when it comes to moving around, then there’s a few things you can do to improve the situation here.
Here’s how to improve your child’s balance and coordination as they grow.
Basics first! As soon as your child is old enough, you should try to regularly head out with them and undertake walks. It might seem obvious, but it can be easy to forget; if your child is sat down all the time and not learning how to move around as people do, they’ll be stunted in that aspect of development.
Keep them active!
There may be a few trips and stumbles in the early days, but there’s no better way to learn than by doing. So long as you’re there to catch them when they fall or pick them up when they’re tired, overtime, they should be able to learn how stay upright and sufficiently coordinated like the rest of us! Ultimately, don’t rely on screens to tell you or them what to do – first hand and real-world experience is always best in these kinds of situations.
Turn it into a Game
Younger kids love a challenge, especially if it’s a fun and playful one. If you’re concerned, they’re not very competent in terms of balancing, make a game of it and monitor their efforts as they play. Stand in your living room on one foot and challenge them to do the same; whoever does it the longest can perhaps attain a minor reward?
While your child will perceive this as a fun family game, you need to keep a keen eye on what it is they’re doing and how it is they’re doing it. Are their arms outstretched at an angle that won’t help their balance? Is their leg wobbly, and what’s the leg that’s off the ground doing? Is your kid lent to one side? Try to pick up on everything they’re doing so you know what instructions to give them when the game is over.
Bike Riding and Roller Skates
Sticking with the fun aspect for your kids, once they’ve got walking and running mostly under their belt, move them on to more nuanced forms of balance. Bike riding and roller skating can be efficient here, because once again, they’ll have a lot of fun while learning basic balancing skills. They won’t even know they’re learning!
In the case of bikes, start them off with stabilisers so that they can get used to just the process of riding. Overtime, they’ll get familiar with the peddles and breaks, and in time, be ready to ride without the additional help. For roller skates, go for these after the bikes been mastered and pick up the stuff you need online; it’ll be quick and easy. Make sure they’re wearing all the safety equipment like helmets and shoulder/knee pads and have some fun!