There are many clubs and activities that offer exercises for toddlers, so which one do you choose?
Some recent research by the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance has shown the UK lagging behind when it comes to levels of physical activity for children, as well as Child Obesity levels, therefore it is crucial parents set the right example by promoting exercise and healthy eating from as early an age as possible. A systematic review (Tucker 2008) of physical activity levels of any intensity among children aged 2 to 6 years concluded that only 54% of studies reported children of these ages were meeting the National Association of Sport and Physical Education’s physical activity recommendation of at least 60 min of structured and 60 min of unstructured physical activity every day.
With the rise of Child Obesity in recent years, due to more sedentary lifestyles and conventional diets high in sugar, the words of Sheri Linn Dew, American author and publisher have never sounded truer:
“There is no greater name for a leader than mother or father. There is no leadership more important than parenthood.”
A recent study by the Nuffield Foundation, compiled through evidence taken from 6,400 children who participated in the study, has found that out of school educational activities such as Socatots also have added impact such as helping aid positive material impact on child development progress and improved concentration at school.
We also observe many other important personal skills developed via Socatots like social skills, adapting well going into new environments and interacting with different children and adults on a daily basis.
Some benefits of Socatots
- Improvement of balance and co-ordination, as well as posture
- Development of cognitive skills
- Increased self-confidence
- Improved social skills
- Strengthening the bond between child and parent
- Enhanced muscle and bone development
- More body awareness and understanding of the benefits of exercise and nutrition
Top tips for Parents from Socatots
Your toddler is never too young to learn
- The focus from that early age needs to be on the constant reinforcement and repetition of basic skills with all 6 parts of both feet so that imbalances don’t develop
- Children enjoy and learn from repetition
- Get into good exercising and healthy eating eating habits early on
- Ensure play is fun and structured
- Exposing children to music during early development helps aid learning
- Parental participation results in stronger emotional bonds between child and parent
Socatots Exercises to do at Home!
There are many ways in which you can engage your child at home in similar activities as they will learn at Socatots:
- Ask your child to balance their favourite teddy bear on different parts of their body.
- Ask -your child to tidy away a specific colour of toy as they learn to do at Socatots.
- Encourage your child to practise taps with different parts of their foot. Use a stationary object for this e.g. a cushion.
- Sing and perform action songs with your child.
- Encourage them to demonstrate what they have learnt to other family members.
- Most importantly let your child know how much fun you are having learning with them!
Visit socatots.co.uk to find a session near you and sign up for a free trial
#ParentsPeaceOfMind – Socatots is a member of the Children’s Activities Association