Top 5 Healthy Activities for Toddlers


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Have a Ball
It's never too early to start playing soccer.
It's never too early to start playing soccer.
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Since the wheel was invented, humans have been steadily improving upon things that roll. Today, toddlers and their parents can enjoy playing with balls in all sizes and shapes -- from simple soccer balls to fancy spheres that light up and make noise when they move. Ball games can help teach everything from impulse control to motor skills [source: Zerotothree]. Here are a couple ball activities you can try:

  • Kick Ball: Set up simple targets (a sofa cushion, a stick or a pile of leaves) and take turns with your toddler kicking a ball toward the goal. The kicking will develop her motor skills and balance; taking turns will help her develop impulse control [source: Zerotothree]. This game works inside as well as outside.
  • Track Ball: Use a roll of wide masking tape to mark off a simple "track." Encourage your toddler to try to kick or roll a ball along the track. Extend this game by setting up two or three stopping points along the way. When the ball reaches a station, perform a simple exercise like jumping, turning around or touching toes.