Toddler Gymnastics

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One of the things I lament most about restrictions during coronavirus is that Veronika can no longer attend toddler gym classes in person. But that doesn’t stop us from practicing toddler-style gymnastics at home!

We don’t have giant mats for rolling and climbing, but there are plenty of ways to do gross motor movements without all that. So today we staged a mini gym class right in the living room – starting with just running circles around the room!

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Next, I encouraged Veronika to gallop (moving sideways with legs open and then shut). She loved to say the word “gallop” as she did so.

Next up were somersaults! Veronika loves to do these other over a big soft chair…

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…or right on the floor!

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You can also put down a line of masking tape for an instant balance beam. Veronika loved to take careful steps across this.

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The one investment I did make for our home gym was a plastic toddler slide. Within five minutes, Veronika had mastered the art of climbing the steps…

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…getting both feet facing forward at the top…

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…and zipping down.

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Then she would run around to do it again! What toddler gymnastics moves do you work on at home? Please share in the comments!

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