This week we're sharing one of our favorite activities: Bubble Toes!
We do this in almost every class we teach - and if we forget, the kids remind us! It's such a fun and simple way to let kiddos experience the benefits of a gentle inversion pose while strengthening important core muscles at the same time. And seriously, who doesn't love bubbles?!
Why is core strength important? As adults, we think about core strength meaning washboard abs and a flat belly. But for kids, core strength is essential for stabilization and posture, which in turns helps with gross and fine motor skill development. You can think about it as helping to build a strong foundation for the rest of your child's body.
How to do it:
First, have your child lay down on their back. To make this transition to the floor more playful, you can encourage them to move slowly, like an ice cube or ice cream melting into a puddle on the floor. Playing quiet, slow music is helpful, too. Once they are laying down on their back, have them bend their knees and plant their feet on the floor. Next, ask them to send their feet into the sky and give their toes a wiggle to let you know they're ready. Then, grab your bubbles and start blowing! We encourage kids to move their legs slowly, like they are swimming underwater, to pop the bubbles with their toes. If you notice your child is unable to keep both feet up, or if they keep falling over to the side, you can have them raise one foot at a time, with the other foot planted to help them stabilize. You can take it up a notch by having them lift their low backs up off the floor, coming into shoulder stand. Their hands can support the low back as belly muscles help reach their feet even higher. To keep them focused, have them count how many bubbles they pop.
Give it a try and let us know how it goes! Or better yet, come see us at Family Yoga this Sunday so the whole gang can do it together! We'll be celebrating Mother's Day with foot rubs and lots of love for the Mamas.
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