Exercise for Toddlers
Nursery Age 1 Curriculum Suggestions
by Katrina Lybbert

Exercise Overview

Leading your child to a life filled with exercise is important for good health.  You will find that there are a lot of activities in both the Indoor and Outdoor Games area, and also in Musical Exploration, that will count as exercise for your toddler.  There are many other exercises you could do with your toddler as well.  So I have listed some references below for you to turn to.  You may wish to check with your toddler's doctor before starting an exercise program.   It is very important to do the exercises safely and correctly.  Carefully read the instructions in the book you choose to refer to and you will have an enjoyable time with your little one. 

If you are concerned, remember that toddlers are full of energy and will get exercise just by toddling around!  Provide lots of active play opportunities and limit the TV.  You toddler will be just fine! 

Exercise Books for Toddlers

  • Suzy Prudden's Exercise Program for Young Children: 4 weeks to 4 years by Suzy Prudden
  • Teaching Your Child Basic Body Confidence by Patty Carmichael Gerard with Marian Cohn
  • How to Teach Your Baby to be Physically Superb: Birth to Age 6 by Glenn Doman
  • Hello Toes! Movement Games for Children by Anne Lief Barlin and Nurit Kalev

Susan Fox, author of Baby Steps wrote: "Babies who practice physical skills improve their strength, balance, coordination, visual abilities, dexterity, and even listening skills and memory -- and infants who master these basic skills will be stronger, better coordinated, more self-confident, and possibly even smarter."




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