McCall Parks & Recreation has introduced a new toddler movement class called Tots & Tykes. Starting in January 2017, we will meet weekly for 3 weeks to play, tumble, jump, roll, crawl, kick, throw, bounce, balance and much more. Afterwards we will end the class with songs and a healthy snack. Parent participation is required. Class fees are $10 for residents, $12 for non-residents and there is a $2 discount for siblings. Scholarships are available. For more information call Tara at 634-8968 or check out the class description online at www.mccallrec.com.
Exercise for my already super busy, active toddler? Yes it is important your little one gets the recommended amount of exercise each and every day! Doctors suggest at least 30 minutes of structured (adult-led) physical activity, 60 minutes of unstructured (free play) physical activity and not be inactive for more than 1 hour at a time, except when sleeping.
As any mother of active young ones can tell you, it can be exhausting to keep up; however, it is important to remember “kids who like to engage in active play while they are young are likely to stay active and be physically fit in the future”, writes Mary L. Gavin, MD pediatric weight management specialist for Nemours Hospital for Children.
What can kids do? By age 2, toddlers should be able to walk and start to run. They can also kick a ball and jump with both feet. By age 3, little ones start to experiment with balance, throwing a ball overhand, catch a ball with stiff arms and perhaps pedal. Appropriate level activities and toys will help toddlers improve and refine their motor skills. Mommy-Daddy and me programs can introduce toddlers to tumbling, group play and be an introduction to social groups. The most important thing is to provide lots of opportunities to be active in a safe environment.
Be sure to check out our other awesome recreation programs for youth and adults!