Magic moves for toddlers

by Jacqueline Harding. Toddlers just love to show off their latest physical achievements and, thankfully, it can all add up to the beginnings of a healthy lifestyle.

Woman smiling as child plays with shapes

Introduction

Getting toddlers off to an active, lively and healthy start in life is the best way forward. But how can grown-ups make sure that they set the pattern for future healthy habits when their children are still toddlers?

How CBeebies can help

CBeebies shows like Boogie Beebies get children off their seats and moving and grooving along to songs created just for them. The songs will soon be gobbling up all that boundless energy as your child starts to copy the moves.

Then, of course, there’s also the opportunity to tiptoe along with the Teletubbies or join in with them as they sing, dance, skip and stamp around in Tellytubbyland.

Waybuloo offers a great chance for your child to try out some yoga-like poses to improve their strength. Concentrating on the poses can also help calm a child down. You might just find that you are really impressed by your child’s ability to pick up quite complicated moves.

Oh, and dancing along to various programmes with your child also means that you get that daily dose of exercise (setting a good example for your child for the future too!).

How to make a magic moment

Setting up an indoor mini obstacle course for your toddler can be great fun. Just use some safe items they can crawl through and/or steer their bodies around. You could use cushions, blankets and boxes to crawl over and move around. Make the activity even more fun by placing items of clothing (e.g. hat, gloves, wellies) along the route for your child to put on - or hiding small items under the cushions and boxes for your child to collect along the way.

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Top tips

  • Why not play a ‘Magic Moves’ game, where you take it in turns to pretend to be an animal (moving and acting like one). Can the other person guess which animal it is? Scribbling, colouring, painting, and pummelling dough and clay are all great activities to develop those fine motor movements as well as their artistic skills.Finger rhymes – such as ‘Two little dickie birds sitting on the wall’ - are fascinating at this age and children will delight in taking part.

Expert opinion

Healthy habits start young - using get-up-and-go rhymes, songs, music and fun activities with toddlers sets the foundation for the future.

Jacqueline Harding, Child Development Expert

Parent's tale

Music and dancing with your child - be absolutely prepared to join in 100%.The more effort you put into your own performance, the more they will enjoy it. 
I think children have a very good sixth sense and will immediately notice if you're self conscious. We love snippets like 'Groovy moves' in Show Me Show Me - I just wish the music went on for a little longer as we always just get into grooving when we have to stop and stand still!

Music and dancing with your child - be absolutely prepared to join in 100%.The more effort you put into your own performance, the more they will enjoy it. 

I think children have a very good sixth sense and will immediately notice if you're self conscious. We love snippets like 'Groovy moves' in Show Me Show Me - I just wish the music went on for a little longer as we always just get into grooving when we have to stop and stand still!

Claire, from Nottingham

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