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How To Get Your Toddler To Be More Active

By Naomi Odes |

toddler jumping on trampoline

Fuzz catches air

On the heels of Ilana’s post about the recommendation for  kids between the ages of 1 and 4 to get 180 minutes of activity per day, as well as this news that nearly half of preschool children are not taken outside to play by their parents daily, I feel a little brainstorming would be helpful for all of us to figure out ways to get our little tigers out and about.

Spring has sprung, so now that the weather is officially on the upswing, it’s time! The extra hours of light should encourage you all to get off the computer and out the door. Here are 12 ideas to get your started. 

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12 Activities To Get Your Toddler Moving

Grab a ball and go outside!

There are plenty of toddler sports classes, too. We just put the older one in a soccer class.
See how I'm wavering on soccer class for my younger toddler .

I’d love for people to add their own in the comments for a follow-up post!

More by Naomi:
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The Sacrifices We Make For Our Toddler

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Naomi Odes Aytur is a blogger who's contributed on the parenting channel of Babble. She chronicles her experiences of being a new mom on her personal website, I Am Still Awake. Read bio and latest posts → Read Naomi's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “How To Get Your Toddler To Be More Active

  1. Thomas says:

    Replace your living room rug with a gym matt. Remove shoes. Wrestle.
    As a dad of two (now adolescent) boys, that’s what I did. Like Kato from the old Pink Panther movies, they’d launch themselves at me when I’d walk in the door from work. I’d barely have time to kick off my shoes before we were in the rough and tumble world of toddler-on-dad WrestleMania. The gym matt, while not exactly haute couture, was just the thing to keep toddlers from hurting themselves as they launched themselves into the air from the arms of couch.

    1. Naomi says:

      I love this idea. Although I’m home most often and don’t have much interest in wrestling. However, every time I take out the yoga mat, I instantly become a play structure for both kids.

  2. tegen says:

    they make so many different sizes of trampoline’s now its pretty easy to find one that will fit with the play structure. some play structures even come with them.
    we had a small one inside when I was a kid.

  3. B says:

    Eeek! Nix the trampoline. Ever seen a broken leg from one of those? I have. Four different kids (none mine). Would never buy one. Not worth it.

    1. Naomi says:

      B- our tramp is way low (12″) to the ground and we do have rules to stay in the center, etc. Yes they can be dangerous, but I think it depends on how you use it.

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