Get ready for some awe inspiring, death defying entertainment! Today’s activity features some of the bravest circus performers: tightrope walkers! Tightrope walking for kids, get up your courage, and get moving with one of the most fun gross motor activities around!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: A long piece of something that will make a line on the floor for the tightrope (a jumprope, long piece of string or yarn). If you think your little one would like to try the real thing, consider the Classic Slackline with Training Line
WHAT TO DO:
Have your child start feeling out his balance by walking sideways across the line. Can he keep his feet on the line the entire way? Once he’s more comfortable, have him try walking forward, placing stepping the heel of one foot in front of the toes of the other foot. After a little practice, try some of the fun variations below to challenge his balance and coordination.
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-Once he’s comfortable with forward movement, can he try walking backwards?
-Try placing toys or other objects like bean bags at a few points along the line – can your child hop or jump over them?
-A pool noodle would make an excellent stick to hold for help with balancing while crossing the tightrope.
-What about trying a cartwheel or somersault?
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Gross motor skills, balance, coordination, motor control, proprioception