Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Somersaults in Preschool

I brought in my yoga mat this week to inspire some gross motor play!

The kids brought over a pillow, and used it as a launching point for rolling.

They lined up, and took turns either rolling or braving a somersault.

Once they got the hang of it, it was completely addicting.

They kept coming back to try it again, and again.

I left the yoga mat on a low shelf all week, and the children would occasionally pull it out and try out their somersaults again.
By the end of the week, most were pros. I was able to see who caught on quickly, and refer a parent or two to possible look into gymnastics for their child.
Here are some tips if you're thinking about trying this with your preschooler(s):
  • Start off on a flat, soft surface. We used a yoga mat, using a large pillow to launch. 
  • Don't put your weight on your head, as this can cause an injury. Instead, put your weight on your hands and feet, and gently push off. 
  • Tuck your head in between your knees and roll forward, keeping your legs tucked all through the roll (THINK ROUND THOUGHTS!)
  • You should roll into a sitting position, with your feet flat on the floor.
Happy playing!

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