Activities for our kids (2 - 4 yrs)
Roll / throw and chase balls
Throw and catch balls / balloons / bean bags
Attempts at jumping and hopping on one leg
Do somersaults and rolls
Hold own weight when hanging from a monkey bar*
Walk on tip-toes
Even a few sit-ups
Balance for a moment on one foot
Teach “one-footed” skip and a gallop
The Home Playground:
Inner tyre tubes: to bounce on, roll inside, crawl through, roll and push
Hula Hoops – for running in and out
Trampoline – jumping and bouncing
Targets – throw things at (basket ball net from old wire hanger)
Goals – for kicking or batting into
Skateboard – to “surf”: lie on tummy and push
Bean bag cushion: to jump into, to sink into
Bubbles for blowing
Old ironing board – as a RAMP, prop it up at a low angle and allow child to balance up / down.
Rocking chairs, swivel chairs, chairs on wheels
Punching bag – to develop strength, for hand-eye coordination, express emotions
Hats and other dress up items
Balloons in the air – beware of choking!!
Large pieces of cloth: use as hideaway / house by draping over table or pull your child on.
Mirrors – for body awareness
Broom handle – to use as a pull up bar or a hobby horse
Sand pit – sterilize by adding coarse salt
Tennequoit rings: for catching and throwing
Ropes / strings: to make “roads”, walk on, jump over, make patterns, circles & squares, for skipping and hang items on (always supervise!!)
Furniture obstacle course: climb under and over, pillows and cushions to jump / tumble on and hide under.
Washing baskets: fantasy play as boat / car or train.
Place mats: stepping stones across crocodile river
(SOURCE: Growing up with a Smile – Senior & Hopkins2002)