As a parent, keeping your toddler active and healthy is important, and getting exercise with your little one is a great way to achieve this goal. Toddlers are naturally full of energy and love to play, so incorporating exercise into their playtime can be a fun and enjoyable experience for both you and your little one. Here are seven fun and easy ways to exercise with your toddler.
- Dance Party
Toddlers love to dance, so turn up the music and have a dance party with your little one. Not only is dancing fun, but it’s also a great way to get your heart rate up and burn calories. You can create a playlist of your toddler’s favorite songs and let them choose the music. You can also incorporate some fun dance moves and teach your toddler how to groove along. This is our favorite way to have fun and help with that extra energy from your active toddler.
- Balloon Volleyball
Balloon volleyball is a fun and safe way for your toddler to practice hand-eye coordination and get some exercise. Blow up a balloon and use a piece of string or a ribbon as a makeshift net. You can play indoors or outdoors, and your active toddler will love trying to keep the balloon in the air.
Yoga is a great way to improve flexibility, balance, and coordination, and it can be done with your toddler. There are many videos and books available that are specifically designed for active parents and active toddlers. You can make it fun by using animal names for the poses or creating a story around the poses.
- Outdoor Exploration
Going on a nature walk or exploring your backyard can be a great way to get some exercise and fresh air. Your active toddler will love discovering new things, like bugs, flowers, and birds. You can make it a scavenger hunt by creating a list of things to find, like a pinecone or a bird’s nest. You can also play games, like follow the leader or red light, green light, to keep your toddler moving. This is one of our favorite ways, Baby Goblin is always relaxed and happy after a walk.
- Bike Ride
Going for a bike ride with your toddler is a great way to get some exercise and explore your neighborhood. You can use a child seat or a bike trailer to bring your toddler along. Your toddler will love the feeling of the wind in their hair, and you can make it a fun adventure by packing a picnic or stopping at a playground along the way.
- Simon Says
Simon Says is a classic game that can also double as a fun exercise activity. You can use commands like “Simon says touch your toes” or “Simon says hop on one foot.” Your toddler will have fun following along with the commands and getting some exercise in the process.
- Household Chores
Believe it or not, household chores can also be a great way to get some exercise with your toddler. You can make it a fun game by setting a timer and seeing how quickly you and your toddler can complete the tasks. Your toddler will love helping out and feeling like a big kid. I’ve put together a list of ways to have them help, check it out here!
Incorporating exercise into your toddler’s playtime can be a fun and enjoyable experience for both you and your little one. Whether you’re dancing, playing games, or going for a bike ride, the key is to keep it fun and engaging for your toddler. With these simple and easy ideas, you can make exercise a regular part of your toddler’s routine and set them on a path to a healthy and active lifestyle. For more parenting tips, check these out!