It’s one of the most commonly searched phrases that brings readers to The Inspired Treehouse: Core Strengthening for Kids. WHY? Because there are a lot of parents, teachers, and therapists out there who know that developmental skills for kids build on each other. Core strengthening is essential for the progression of other developmental skills because the core is the center of control for everything else the body does.
In our pediatric therapy practice, we work on core strengthening a lot. We see kids who have difficulty maintaining posture in their chairs or kids who are W-Sitters and we know just what needs to be done! Playful, fun, and creative core strengthening activities for kids!
Here are some of our favorites:
Flying Feet: A favorite in our preschool classrooms! Kids will love working together (and using those core muscles) to make a stuffed animal “fly” through the air!
Snake Charmer: Kiddos will love this take on core strengthening when you provide them with an imaginary scene. Today, they’ll get to be snakes!
Wheelbarrow Relay: If you’re looking for fun gross motor activities for kids that build strength and motor skills, you pretty much can’t beat wheelbarrow walking. Check out this fun farm-themed activity!
The Crab Crossover: Core Strengthening Quick Tip: This exercise is frequently used in therapy gyms. It’s AWESOME for core strengthening and fun too!
Core Strengthening Exercises for Kids: The key to strengthening the core muscles is making it fun — like a game! Issue a challenge and give the activity a playful purpose with these fun exercises!
Core Strengthening Toys and Games for Kids: Some of our favorite therapist-approved toys and games that help kids work on core strength and stability.
Creative Core Exercises for Kids: Cheap, simple “do-it-yourself” ideas that don’t require a lot of planning or trips to the craft store.
Crab Walk Gross Motor Challenge: Looking for a quick, easy, do-it-anywhere, no set-up required way to work on core strength? Try this!
Core Strengthening Through Everyday Play: What if we told you that there are lots of easy ways to strengthen the core through simple play at home? Check out these ideas!
Want to learn more about why overall body strength is so important for kids? Check out this post about Why Kids Today Aren’t as Strong as They Used to Be.
If you like what you see here, you’ll definitely want to pick up a copy of The Core Strengthening Handbook! It’s a downloadable pdf ebook full of fun and playful activities for kids that are designed to develop core strength.