Nature's Gymnasium

Monday, June 6, 2011

When Miss E was close to two, I realized structured, indoor, toddler exercise classes were not her cup of tea. Most of the time was spent crying, screaming, and clinging to me. She climbed on the equipment and ran around some, but she could do those same things at a park with less anxiety. Since she was a newborn, she has been soothed by the outdoors. Of course, she still has her dramatic moments at the park, but she is a happier girl when outside.

We love to spend time outdoors hiking with Miss E. We've been hiking with her from the beginning, and we have encouraged her to hike rocky trails since she started walking. Now she is almost four years old, and she navigates the trails like a pro. Hiking benefits many gross motors skills that young children are developing.

Climbing






Walking on Uneven Terrain


Jumping



Balancing


Running



Parents, don't feel guilty if your child is not enrolled in an exercise class because we can support those same gross motor skills through hiking. To our future healthy, happy trailblazers!







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Location:On a Hike

3 comments:

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Miss E is one lucky girl!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am one lucky Mama! =)

Trisha @ Inspiration Laboratories said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Agreed! Hiking has so many benefits including exercise and working on those gross motor skills.

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