Core Strengthening Exercises

Core strengthening is not just for adults; children need core strengthening as well. Core strength in children can help them participate better in school, sports, group activities and improve motor developmental skills (e.g. jumping, running, handwriting, balance, sitting upright in a chair). It's important to make exercises fun for children as play is the work of a child!

The core is right at the center and controls how the rest of the body works. As a child's core get strong, their arms and legs get strong as well.

The following are some of our favorite animal walks. Animal walks are great for children to improve their core strength, endurance, balance, coordination, and motor planning!

Print out the pictures of the animals below in color, laminate them, cut them into cards, and have your child perform each animal walk! To make it more fun, do the walks with your child or have siblings/peers do the walks with your child inside the house or in your backyard.

1) Hop like a bunny

  • Jump repeatedly with feet together

  • Hands held up like bunny paws

2) Bird walk

  • Walk on tip-toes with hands out to the side and flap arms up/down like a bird

3) Waddle like a penguin

  • Arms at the sides with palms facing out

  • Walk on heels with toes up, taking short rapid steps

4) Flamingo

  • Encourage standing steadily on one foot with hands on hips

  • Have a contest to see who can hold the position longest

5) Bear Walk

  • Walk forward with both hands and both feet on the floor

6) Frog Jumps

  • Start in a full squatting position with hands on the floor

  • Jump up and forward; land with both feet together

7) Crab Walks

  • Sit down with feet on floor and hands behind trunk

  • Lift & keep bottom off the floor while moving forward feet first

  • Try backwards, too!

8) Donkey Kicks

  • Start standing and place hands solidly on the floor

  • Kick both legs up high then land them on the ground (modify by lifting one leg up at a time)

9) Inchworm Walks

  • Walk on hands & feet

  • When feet move, hands are still and vice versa

  • Head up and eyes forward

  • Bottom should move up and down

10) Snake Crawl

  • Lie on belly and crawl forward using arms and legs

Click below and check out these movement cards that can be printed and laminated for more fun!

ABC Printable Exercise Cards

Backyardigans Printable Exercise Cards

DISCLAIMER

The content in this blog should not be used in place of medical advice/treatment and is solely for informational purposes. All activities/exercises posted in this blog should be performed with adult supervision, caution, and at your own risk. Big Leaps, LLC is not responsible for any injury while performing an activity/exercise that has been posted on this blog. If you have any information on the content of our blog, feel free to contact us at info@bigleapsct.com.

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