Fun Skills for Kids to Practice at Home

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Fun Skills for Kids to Practice at Home

April 08, 2020
posted by Chelsea Lavin

              

While normal day-to-day life may look a little different right now, there is still room for lots of love, memories, quality time spent with family, and iconic first moments. Children are continuing to grow and learn at home. As families, let’s take this time as an opportunity to treasure the milestones. Here are four skills parents can help their little ones practice while we all continue to stay safe while #PlayingAtHome.

 

1. Walking

Few moments are as special as watching your little one take their very first steps. Soon after, they’ll practically be racing around the house, ready to explore the world in a whole new way. We have some favorite helpers for beginner walkers:

  • Classic Walker Wagon – This timeless walker is loved by parents and children alike. The “resist push” feature prevents the wagon from moving too quickly while your little one masters their first steps and builds confidence.
  • My 1st 2-in-1 Wagon®The locking handle and stable 4 wheel base on this wagon will help new walkers build confidence and balance.
  • Tinker Truck™ – This little red ride on doubles as a push walker. Plus, the Tinker Truck™ has 18 interactive features that little ones can enjoy even before they take their first steps.

 

2. Sit & Scoot

Once your toddler learns how to sit & scoot on a set of wheels, consider it their new favorite activity! This milestone of play will keep your little one entertained for hours while also developing gross motor & spatial skills. Check out a few of our favorite toys for learning to sit & scoot:

  • Scoot About® Sport – Wide-set front wheels enhance safety and stability while narrow-set back wheels allow for a clear kick path as your toddler learns to scoot.
  • Little Red Roadster – This retro ride on is adorable and features working steering.
  • Scoot 2 Pedal™ – As the name implies, the Scoot 2 Pedal™ grows with your child through two milestone stages of play – learning to scoot and learning to pedal. Start with scooting and simply extend the EZ flip-out pedals when ready to pedal.

 

3. Pedaling

Pedaling is the first of two key components when learning to ride a bike. Your little one can get started this spring by riding around on their tricycle. Tricycles use three wheels to create a stable base before little ones can balance. By reducing their need to balance, little ones can focus on learning to pedal on three wheels. Clear a safe space indoors, like the basement or garage, or head outside to your driveway or backyard to go for a spin and practice pedaling.

 

4. Balancing

The second key component of bike riding is balancing. Scooters can help teach coordination and balance – not to mention they are a ton of fun and perfect for indoor or outdoor use! To further isolate the skill of balance and emulate a truer bike riding experience, try a balance bike. Balance bikes teach the concepts of balance and steering without adding pedaling to the mix. They have been popular in Europe for years, whereas traditional bikes with training wheels have been more adopted in the US. When the training wheels are not adjusted properly, they contact the ground along with the front & rear tires of the bike; this does not provide as much of an opportunity to learn true balancing skills. Learn more about the benefits of balance bikes.

 

No matter what skill you and your little one choose to practice, the time spent together will be the best part. Don’t forget to share your favorite moments by using #radioflyer!