Your kiddos will love this take on core strengthening when you provide them with this imaginary scene. Picture a snake charmer playing a magical tune that sends a chill up your spine because you know what’s coming out of that tall woven basket! Today, they’ll get to be the snakes!
What You’ll Need:
Just a kiddo and a space to play!
What to do:
Have your child lie on his back with his knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Instruct him to give himself a big hug across his chest (this prevents any cheating by using his arms to push up from the floor). If you need to help by holding his feet, it’s ok! Pretend to play your magic flute — or play a YouTube video of some snake charmer music and have him start to sit up becoming a snake ready to strike!
How to Change it Up:
-Play or sing your snake charming music faster or slower to see if your child can control his movement using his abdominal muscles.
-Can he stop and hold the position mid-sit-up when the music stops? Encourage your child to change how he moves based on how the music sounds (fast/slow, smooth/choppy)
Skill Areas Addressed:
Strength, gross motor skills, motor control, endurance, coordination, trunk stability
Looking for more great core strengthening ideas for kids? Check out The Core Strengthening Exercise Program!
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your website is amazing! I am currently on my pediatric rotation and have a very small tool box for exercises, so this is great help!!! Thank you
Lydia Gauthier says
I love this activity, I wouldn’t have thought to do this exercise in this manner. What a fun way to do it!
One question, after the kiddos have worked those muscles and we’ve finished (when they’re all lying there holding their guts saying “ooooh”) what is a good counter exercise or rest pose to help ease the muscles out of tension again? Just curious :) Thanks so much!