Toddler usually loves running. When they are at this stage, it’s good if we give them the chance to do so a lot. However, we often see they bump onto things. When this happens, it’s actually normal because they haven’t been able to control their body movement and consider the situation around them. Though, it’s normal, we often worry that the bump will hurt them. And we don’t want this, do we?
To deal with this, there are actually ways to make toddler able to control their body movement and know when they have to stop, so they won’t bump onto things. Here are ways we can do:
- Take toddlers to run at the park
It’s something we normally do. It is so ordinary, yet it’s good to exercise toddlers’ ability in running. Park is a large space with less things which will block toddlers’ way. Here, they can run as free as they want. This will make them able to run steadily. When this happens, it actually means that their gross motor muscles have been exercised, improved and strengthened. And these are what they need in order to be able to control their body movement.
- Ask toddlers to run at the backyard
Backyard’s space is smaller than the park. When toddlers run here, they will actually feel the differences. They will still be able to run freely. However, they have to adjust their body movement. They have to control their body movement more as the narrower space of the backyard requires them do so. And this will make the control of their body movement exercised.
- Ask toddlers to stop running in front of person or things.
Let them do simple game which will exercise them to stop running before they bump onto things. To do the game, we need:
- Us (Toddler’s parents, siblings, grandparents or people we can trust).
- Colorful cones or inflatable balloons or other toys which toddlers like.
How to do the game is simple. Ask toddlers to start running from a point to another point where there is a person or thing at the finish line. Ask them to stop before they bump the person or the thing. Do it several times in fun way, so they would want to play. Put things they like at the finish line such as colorful cones, inflatables balloon of children’s favorite character, etc.
The game will make them able to aware of the things around them and to use the control of their body movement they already have. The result is they can stop themselves before they bump onto things.
There you go. Those are the ways we can do to exercise toddler to learn to control their body movement.