Why is exercise important for infants and toddlers?
While babies and older infants tend to turn, roll, crawl, climb and walk, the benefits of intentional child-directed activities and exercises can promote brain-muscle connections. Kinderland introduced enjoyable exercises for the infants and toddlers, created by Dr. Akira Maehashi from Waseda University, Japan. Exercises can be full of fun for the young infants and a great way for children to bond with parents and adults. For instance, mobile infants learning to crawl can go under a ‘bridge’ formed by a parent while singing “London Bridge”. A slide can easily be created by mummy’s pair of legs. Rolling and picking a ball are enjoyable exercises which also teach social, communicative and consequential skills.