Children need to be active every day to promote their healthy growth and development. Children who establish healthy lifestyle patterns at a young age will carry them - and their benefits - forward for the rest of their lives.
Activities that encourage children to bend, stretch and reach promote flexibility. Having adequate flexibility allows children to participate in daily activities without pain or restriction from their muscles or joints. Being flexible promotes good posture, reduces muscle stiffness and soreness, increases relaxation and minimizes risk of injury.
This activity builds core strength in young children and helps make them nimble to carry out various activities in their daily routine!
Cut 5 paper bags at varying heights ~ cut to the sizes of 10″, 8″, 6″, 4″, and 2″
Place the bags, open and standing, on the floor leaving about 4′ between each bag. Have a low table near by to place the bags on
When the timer starts, start with the tallest bag, bending to pick it up with your mouth, then placing it on the table. Make sure to only use your mouth, no hands! AND make sure that your knees or hands don’t touch the floor! That is what makes this game so difficult
Continue with the rest of the bags, working from tallest to shortest!
Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.