In many ways, playing sports benefit children. It is known to help build self-confidence, promote physical health and teaches cooperation with other children. And for parents, becoming involved with their kid's sports also means spending important time together.
How do I choose a sport for my child?Use your toddler as a guide.
At this age, no sport should be competitive. During the toddler years, the essence of sport is learning new skills, enhancing communication, promoting self-confidence, and developing of social skills. Most important though, is the sport should be fun and participation for the toddler should be voluntary.
When choosing a sport for your toddler, keep in mind that their interests will change drastically over the years. It may be a good idea to expose them to all sorts of sporting venues and eventually they will probably choose one they like the best.
Benefits of sport for children
- Reduced risk of obesity
- Increased cardiovascular fitness
- Healthy growth of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons
- Improved coordination and balance
- Improved sleep
- Mental health benefits, such as greater confidence
- Improved social skills
- Improved personal skills, including cooperation and leadership.
Suggested sports for toddlers
- Kicking/throwing a ball
- Running in the park
- Riding in the park
- Light climbing activities in the playground
- Get your toddler to dance with you
The objective of sports
Keep in mind, the objective of any sports function for this age group is to help them develop key social skills like sharing, taking turns, and sportsmanship. They are also learning to follow directions. No matter how they perform, as long as they are enjoying themselves and feeling like a small part of a larger whole, the sports endeavour is successful.