Strength and agility exercises for kids

Strength and agility are two skills that can be tough to develop for many kids, but they’re very important.  Most team sports involve movements for a fixed length of time that seldom occur in a straight line.  Agility and strength training improves a child’s ability to change direction, brake suddenly, and perform sport specific skills with more speed and dexterity.

Our Camp Little Victors team stopped by Sport Club, a 6-week program offered by our pediatric physical therapy program, to learn some strength and agility exercises that your kids can do at home!

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Activities that help develop motor skills

Play-based exercises you can do at home!

mott blog - motor skill development activitiesSometimes what looks like “play” can be really important ways to exercise your child’s fine motor skills and gross motor skills.

Fine motor skills involve the small muscles of the body that enable such functions as writing, grasping small objects, and fastening clothing. They involve strength, fine motor control, and dexterity.  These skills are important foundations for school activities as well as in life in general. Weaknesses in fine motor skills can affect a child’s ability to eat, write legibly, use a computer, turn pages in a book, and perform personal care tasks such as dressing and grooming.

Learn about the body

Use a free printable matching card game to help your family learn about the human body

mott blog - matching card game featured imageIt’s inevitable.  At some point, carefully laid plans for a fun summer afternoon will fall victim to Mother Nature and her rain clouds.

Here’s a fun activity you can put together quickly to break up the afternoon and learn all about many parts of the human body at the same time.

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Yoga for kids

Downward dog and tree position are not just for grown-ups anymore!

kids yogaHave you ever noticed how flexible your child is?  Kids are born with wonderful flexibility that their parents often marvel at.

Yoga is a fun way to help your child retain his or her flexibility, as well as to help work on strength and muscle coordination.

Kids love seeing how long they can hold the different poses, and it’s a way to exercise that you can both benefit from.

You’ll see it pay off especially as your child becomes active in sports and other activities.

Need some ideas on which yoga maneuvers will be a hit with your kiddo?  Watch physical therapist Kendra VanWasshenova and her assistants Greg and Emme demonstrate a kid-friendly yoga workout in the below video.

And don’t miss our Camp Little Victors Week 2 giveaway at the bottom of this post!  We’re giving away FIVE fun yoga games you can use at home with your family.

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How to play Key Punch

Come the end of summer, you may be running low on new ideas to entertain your child and their friends. This family-friendly, material-low game works on team building, critical thinking, communication, and –of course!– fun-having. Watch as our Child Life Specialist Jessica Doletzky and her team teach us how to play Key Punch.

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