Toddlers have boundless energy and sometimes it feels like they will never tire themselves out by the end of the day, which is why it’s important to keep them active. If they don’t release that energy via some sort of movement, this is when boredom strikes and they can become irritable. So if you are looking for ways to keep your little one’s body in motion, here are some easy sports that will intrigue and excite them…
Trampolining: Whether you visit a friend’s house with one, buy one for your own garden or go to your local trampoline park, your toddler will get endless joy from jumping around. Plus from your perspective, there is no chance of them hurting themselves thanks to a guaranteed soft landing each time. Great for if your little one is independent and wants to bounce alone but also if you want to join in - you can.
Football: This is a cheap and cheerful option for if you have some grass at home or you can easily take one to your local park to have a kick about. This is great for their foot-eye coordination skills as well as perfecting their unique running style.
Swimming: Swimming is a life skill everyone should aim to have- for safety if nothing else, so the sooner you can get your toddler into the pool, the better. Another budget friendly option for partners and siblings to. If your little one enjoys creating a splash in the bath, this will make them giddy- plus there are bath toys galore because there is so much more space to play.
Basketball: A quick search on Amazon will reveal a plethora of blow up and toddler sized basketball hoops with a soft ball to accompany so this is perfect for if the weather is kind but also if it’s not. You can easily set this up in their bedroom or playroom and they don’t do a lot of damage.
Cycling: If your toddler is able to confidently sit up straight, it might be time to invest in a bike/trike/tricycle- complete with belt to secure them in and a handle for you to steer. This will give your little bundle of joy the chance to get used to putting their feet on the pedals, hands on handlebars and get a feel for what it’s like to sit on a bike for the first time, paving the way for unassisted cycling in their later years.
Ring toss: While not strictly an adult sport, this is another option that will enhance their hand-eye coordination and they are fairly inexpensive to pick up too. Plus it’s another versatile game that you can play inside or out.
Tunnel: Again, you won’t see this sport at the Olympics, but this is a space saving toy that can be brought out in both good and bad weather that is reminiscent of something they would find in a soft play area. If they are hesitant, simply pop their favourite toy or snack at the other and you will be surprised at how quickly their fear disappears!