Top eight easy stretches to do with your kids
To help you get your children stretching, we’ve put together a list of child-friendly stretches that you can do together.
1. Cat-Cow Stretch
This is where your child pretends to be a cow, where they are down on their hands and knees with a flat back.
They then pull their bellies up to arch their back like they’re pretending to be a cat. This doesn’t need to be disciplined, just encouraging them to move in the right way helps.
2. Child’s Pose
This is a great stretch if your child is feeling stressed because it helps them unwind. To do this child-friendly stretch they need to kneel on the floor. Their knees can either be spread apart or together, whichever feels most comfortable for your child.
They then lean forward until they can put their forehead on the floor (or as close to the floor as they can). The next step is to stretch their arms out in front of them and place their palms flat on the floor.
3. Big Arms
This is a nice simple one that you can get babies, toddlers, or older children to try.
You get them to stand up as tall as they can and stretch their arms out wide like they’re trying to give a huge hug.
4. Reach for the stars
This child-friendly stretch can either be standing upright or lying down. You challenge them to reach as high as possible.
Making it a game where you encourage them to get their fingers and toes as far apart as possible will make it more enjoyable for them.
5. Tipping Teapots
This is where you perform the actions of the “I’m a little teapot” nursery rhyme. Encourage them to round their arm on their side like a handle and point with one hand to become a spout.
When they’re in this position, encourage them to bend to the side like they're tipping the teapot on the floor. Once they’ve done one side, get them to swap their arms around.
It's a great way to make sure your little ones are having fun whilst stretching. The more they enjoy the more likely they are to want to do it again.
6. Downward-facing Dog
This is a yoga stretch which is child-friendly, bear in mind that they don’t need to be perfect.
Ask them to bend over and put their hands on the floor in front of their shoulders. Encourage them to try not to bend their knees as they stick their bums in the air.
You’ll find that children find this position quite funny, especially when you encourage them to move about in this position.
7. Toe Touches
This stretch for children can be done sat down or stood up, whichever your child prefers.
They should try to touch their toes with their fingers without bending at the knee. For little children, you’ll probably find that they mostly bend, but that’s ok!
8. Cobra or Snake Pose/Peekaboo Stretches
This position helps them stretch their back and strengthen their spine. To do this child-friendly stretch, get them to lay belly down on the floor with their elbows bent and hands placed next to their heads.
Encourage them to push up on their hands until their head is in an upright position looking straight ahead. I’ve found that a great way to get little kids to enjoy this is by playing “Peekaboo” whenever they pop their heads up.