Some of my favorite things to recommend for children at this age are lots of uneven surfaces and obstacle courses. There is so much you can do to help your child become more stable in walking, but don’t worry- tripping and falls are normal for a new walker!
Hiking: Lots of opportunities to maneuver over sticks, roots, hills, ditches, logs, etc.
- They can negotiate small curbs to work on steps.
- Walk along curbs like a balance beam.
- Walk in grass, sand, mulch.
- Walk up and down hills.
- Build up their core strength on swings and slides.
- Begin to negotiate more difficult playground equipment like ladders, bridges and other fun stuff.
- Walking on a 2x4 (balance beam)
- Putting couch cushions or pillows on the floor and making uneven surfaces to walk over or climb on. Build a mountain over couch cushions. Roll a ball through the course to persuade them. Can even have them walk on the bed!
- Negotiate stairs.
- Tunnels: Crawling under the coffee table or putting boxes together.
- Step in and out of hula hoops or inflatable inner tubes.
- Walking through a narrow space by putting boxes or furniture close together.
- Walking backward pulling a toy.
- Climb up and down on a step stool.
- Use painters tape to draw lines on the floor for them to walk on.
- Climbing in and out of a laundry basket or boxes.
Next up: Ideas to work on running and jumping for your preschool age child!