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5 Easy Crafts This Halloween!

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Even tiny hands can make these Fun Halloween decorations—with supervision from Mum or Dad, of course!

 

Paint your own Pumpkin

Carving pumpkins can be a bit of a chore at Halloween so why not try this super fun and simple way to decorate your pumpkin. Using marker pens or paint you can your little ones can design anything they like on their pumpkin without all the faff!

 

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Happy Halloween Selfie Sticks

This is a fun easy craft to do with your little ones. Print or cut out different Halloween themed images like signs, bats or ghosts. Stick them to wooden kebab sticks or lolly pop sticks and use them for fun Halloween selfies or stick them into cakes or vases as decorations.

 

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Spooky Cookies

Yummy cookies cut into spooky shapes!

Cookie recipe

  • 225g (8oz) butter, softened
  • 110g (4oz) Caster sugar
  • 275g (10oz) Plain flour

Optional

  • Add one teaspoon of spices (cinnamon, mixed spice, ginger, etc)
  • 75g White or Milk chocolate chips

 

  • Coloured Icing pens

Method

  • Preheat the oven at 170C or gas mark 3.
  • Cream the butter in a large bowl or in a food mixer until it is soft. Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Sift the flour into the mixture and add optional ingredients. Bring the mixture together until it forms a dough.
  • Using a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface roll out the dough and use Halloween Cookie cutters to cut out spooky shapes. (This is especially fun for little hands and also works on their fine motor skills).
  • Bake them in the oven for around 15 mins until they are golden brown and slightly firm on top.
  • Place the cookies onto a cooling rack and leave them there for around 15 mins. 
  • Once cool use the optional icing pens to draw fun and colourful Halloween creations on top!

 

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Funky Table Decorations

This one is really simple and fun, especially if you are having a Halloween party. Get some different Halloween themed table toppers like streamers, confetti and some different coloured paper. Green, orange and black and work together with the kids to create a spooky and creative table decoration.

 

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Autumn Leaf Art

This one is super simple and gives you a fun reason to get outdoors exploring!

Go for a walk as a family and collect lots of Autumn leaves, twigs, acorns etc. Then simply create your own Autumn Leaf art when you get home. Another fun idea is to print off different Halloween or Autumn colouring pages and use the leaves to fill in the images. 


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For those of you around this half term The Little Gym is still open as normal for classes and on the week on 29th October - 4th November we will have a Halloween themed week at the gym with fancy dress and fun trick or treat games in the lobby!

 


Tumbling Bugs is BACK - Bring your baby for FREE!

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Last year here at The Little Gym Wandsworth & Fulham we started a Tumbling bugs event each month giving parents and babies the chance to come and experience the magic of The Little Gym for free whilst also making new friends and helping their little ones physical and social development.

 

Tumbling Bugs classes are for babies aged 4-10 months and will be running at 1.30pm on the 3rd Monday of each month.

 

It’s never too early for your little one to start learning and have some Serious Fun. From infant to toddler, our classes promote early development and provide a strong foundation for your childʼs critical first three years. And since you’re along for the ride, you’ll be right there to celebrate every discovery with smiles, hugs and giggles.

 

 

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Future dates:
 

Monday 22nd October

Monday 19th November

Monday 17th December

 

What will you do in the class?
 

Parents and little ones come and join us for 60 minutes of fun and laughter. This is the perfect opportunity for you and your little one to explore different exercises in our specially created developmental class.

 

You will enjoy quality time with your baby and will have the chance after the class to have a chat with your new friends over a cup of tea and a biscuit.    

 

To book a class please contact one of our friendly members of staff on 0208 874 6567 or email us at wandsworth_fulham@thelittlegym.eu

 

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BIG Benefits of Extracurricular Activities for Kids

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A new school year is here - and we are a few weeks in already!

 

Can you believe it?

 

Nope, not us either.

 

Whether your child is school aged or not, now is a good time to start thinking about which extracurricular activities you're going to enrol your child in. Extracurricular activities outside of the home and classroom provide children of all ages a multitude of benefits like socialisation, physical activity, and so much more.

 

Read on to check out 4 of the BIG benefits extracurricular activities can give your child. 

 

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Routine.

Consistent, scheduled extracurricular activities help children anticipate what will happen next. This provides a sense of security, control, and confidence. For young children, involvement in extracurricular activities also provides structure to prepare them for nursery, school and beyond.

 


Socialisation.

For younger children, extracurricular activities, like The Little Gym, provide an opportunity for children to develop and grow important social and communication skills. For older children, extracurricular activities help to strengthen communication skills and build friendships.

 

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Skill Development.

Extracurricular activities allow children to explore new interests and skills which can help them find things that they are passionate about. This could be an affinity for a specific sport, playing an instrument, or even an interest in art. Developing new skills, and discovering those you like, can help build confidence and self-esteem.

 

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Active Play.

Many extracurricular activities are movement based, these can include team sports, or programs like The Little Gym. Activities that include physical activity not only help to keep children healthy, they have also been proven to help children achieve better performance in the classroom. 

 

It’s important to let your child explore a wide range of extracurricular activities to help them find which activities they like best. This will help them learn a multitude of skills and will set them up for success later on in life!

 

Learn more about The Little Gym programs by following this link. 

 

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The Reason After School Activities are Worth the Effort!

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Do you ever feel like you've somehow become your kid's personal taxi driver? Or that they have a busier social life than you? Well you're not alone. And you're totally forgiven for wondering whether all those activities are more hassle than they're worth. But extracurricular activities come with so many benefits for your child.

 

Here's why they're worth it:

 

 

Keeping a consistent routine

When children start school, they are experiencing lots of new things and often they can be overwhelmed by lots of changes and new faces/places. If they have activities or place which is familiar and where they feel confident & comfortable this can be reassuring for them in a time of lots of change.

 

It also gives them a self esteem boost when they can take part in something regularly which has a familiar structure and teachers that they are used to. Here at The Little Gym, the themes of each class change on a weekly basis however the structure, teachers and skill development are consistent allowing children to keep a routine that they love!

 

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Decision-making skills

 

After-school activities let kids figure out what they like and what they're good at. When kids are selecting which activities to participate in, they are looking inward and deciding if they are enjoying it, which creates self-awareness and a sense of knowing what they like, what they don't and how to make decisions accordingly.

 

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Confidence

 

When children take part in an activity that interests them this can increase their confidence and give them direction and purpose. It can be a sport such as gymnastics but it doesn't have to be. Activities such as Rainbows or Brownies, being in a volunteer group or a musical class come with the same benefits of being a part of a peer group. That confidence can transfer into other areas of their lives, such as giving them the confidence to thrive in their classes and subjects at school.

 

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Socialisation

 

After-school or weekend activities can help children develop social skills away from the structure of the classroom as activities out of the school environment give kids more time to interact freely, as well as practice and experiment with socialisation skills.

 

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Friendship

 

It may be a controversial statement, but here's the truth: Kids don't have to make close friends at school. Did you know…Prince George isn't even allowed to! It's great if they have that class best friend of course, but if they don’t, which is often the case for shyer or quieter children then after-school activities can be fantastic places for children to develop different friendships with other children who are sharing their same interest or passions.

 

Here at The Little Gym the children bond and develop friendships through our classes especially when all they want to do is Cartwheels and handstands and their school friends can’t or don’t want to.

 

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Mentally tired, but not physically…

 

Often a big concern for parents for new school starters is that your child will be very tired. This is often the case but usually they are mentally tired but not physically. Movement can help them release any pent up energy that they have been storing by sitting for a long time at school.

 

Movement and exercise has such big benefits for children and their learning and development. It has so many complimentary learning benefits for their school studies too. Check out this blog we wrote recently if you are interested in learning more.

 

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And don’t forget... the benefits aren't just for kids!

 

After-school activities can benefit parents too!

 

When your child is doing an activity or class it can give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your child is busy doing something beneficial and productive and not just 'hanging around’.

 

It can be especially beneficial for parents of two or more children as often it allows for some one to one time with each child on their own whilst the other is taking part in their class. We have many families at The Little Gym who use the time before or after class or during the class of one of their children to do homework or have some quiet time to read or play board games with their siblings.

 

Or maybe it gives you an hour as a parent to have some ‘me time’. Read a book, plug into Headspace or enjoy a nice hot drink while your child is busy burning off some steam!

 

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If you want to start or carry on classes with us here at The Little Gym Wandsworth we are currently re-enrolling for our next Semester starting on the 3rd September. Members can benefit from 15% discount and save the space in the class of your choice if you enrol before the 8th July. Non-members get in touch from 9th July to grab a space in our classes!


Importance of Summer Camps for Kids

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With the end of the school year fast approaching, many parents and caregivers are searching for ways to keep their children physically active, learning, and having fun during the summer break. Ongoing research supports the importance of quality summer camp programs and how they can promote academic success and a healthy lifestyle. In fact, High-quality summer learning programs can not only curb summer learning loss, they can even help boost student achievement. And the effect on kids’ physical health can be just as dramatic.

 

How to Choose a Summer Program for Kids

While it’s important to choose a program your child will enjoy, it’s also important to find a program that will help curb summer learning loss and keep your child active, involved, and moving. Look for a fun and imaginative camp program that includes both physical and educational activities for kids that will reinforce their academic achievements, challenge their imagination, and develop their self-confidence.

Summer Camp programs at child-centred facilities like The Little Gym offer high quality, age-appropriate, interest-driven summer programs designed to help children learn new skills and build self-confidence as they master challenges.

Choosing the right summer or sports camp can make a real difference in how well your child is able to transition from the summer break into the new school year. While the summer break should offer families a chance to relax without the constant pressure of school, homework, and after-school schedules, it’s important to offer children alternatives to screen time, and other passive activities, that can erode both academic skills and physical fitness. Summer camps for kids provide an opportunity to unplug as they explore their own creativity and build independence in a safe, secure environment.

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Camps at The Little Gym Wandsworth & Fulham

The Little Gym offers flexible scheduling options allowing parents to enrol their children for as short as one morning, one day, or as long as the entire summer. Age-appropriate activities at our Adventure or Skill Thrill Summer Camp vary from week-to-week.

Week 1

Adventure Camp - Superheroes Theme
Skill Thrill Camp - Front Handspring Festival

Week 2

Adventure Camp - Hawaiian Theme
Skill Thrill Camp - Carribbean Cartwheels & Hawaiian Handstands

Week 3

Adventure Camp - Ninja Theme
Skill Thrill Camp - Vaulting Volcanoes

Week 4

Adventure Camp - My Animal Planet
Skill Thrill Camp - Back Tuck Beach

 

Week 5 

Adventure Camp - Out of Space
Skill Thrill Camp - Back Handspring Bonanza

Week 6 

Adventure Camp - Pirates
Skill Thrill Camp - Kip Kip Hooray

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Adventure Camps are for children ages 3 to 8 years with fun and varied themes, snacks and crafts. The children get a fresh experience each time they attend. Skill Thrill camps allow children ages 6 to 12 years to enjoy fun skill based activities with friends. Parents can also register their child for one of The Little Gym’s regularly scheduled summer classes for kids four months through 12 years to keep children moving, learning, and building skills throughout the summer months.

 

Call us on 0208 874 6567 or email wandsworth_fulham@thelittlegym.eu to BOOK NOW!

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Healthy body, healthy everything – the growing evidence for physical activity

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The benefits of physical development stretch far beyond the physical. You may not realise it, but the Department for Education has a role to play in your child’s development long before they set foot in a classroom. It’s the DoE that established the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage, a document that sets the standards for learning and development of young children up to and including 5 year olds. It covers a lot of ground - from language and communication to social and emotional development – in its efforts to ensure every child can develop confidence, independence and resilience.
 
One thing that is important to take away from this document is the importance of physical development in children.
 
This isn’t physical development in the traditional school setting – we’re not talking about PE. An understanding of good health and physical exercise is a part of it, but the EYFS definition reaches much further: to dressing and using the toilet independently, to basic hygiene and to ensuring that “children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.”

 

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When you think about it, that makes complete sense. Unless you have an understanding of how your body moves, and develop the coordination of hands, feet and the rest of your body, you aren;t able to draw the picture, score the goal or build the Lego castle that’s in your head.
 
Play may be an essential part of a child’s development, but even play needs some basic physical building blocks to get started.
 
Yet the benefits of physical development don’t stop there.

 

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Take this study from the University of Aberdeen, which found a clear link between exercise and a child’s concentration.
 
Councillor Martin Greig, Vice-Convener of the Education, Culture and Sport Committee, said: "The conclusion of the research confirms what many have long believed about the significance of physical activity for learning. The carefully conducted research gives support to incorporating an appropriate amount of exercise into the school day.”
 
Or how about this article in The Guardian which discusses several studies that show physical exercise benefits concentration, creativity, memory and mental health. It pulls together “a wave of studies exploring the unexpected links between mental and bodily fitness.” 
 
And then there’s this piece from The Telegraph, reporting on a study which also looked at the link between physical activity and concentration in children, and which found “those placed on the programme improved their accuracy on some mental capability tests by twice as much as those who were not assigned to do daily exercise.”

 

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At The Little Gym our philosophy focuses on the holistic benefits of physical activity on the health, well being and performance of children.
 
Here’s one very simple example. If you can’t sit still you can’t concentrate. If you can’t concentrate you can’t learn or play. And if you can’t learn or play you can’t develop. That’s why some of the fun activities we’ll include within a session are designed to strengthen the body’s core and hip muscles.
 
Because when your body has developed the strength and muscle memory to keep you sat up straight, it can devote more energy to everything else.
 
That squarely aligns with the DoE’s requirement for physical development, but it also ensures that our children are ideally placed to benefit from all the other cognitive, concentration and developmental benefits of physical activity.
 
Want to give your child that sort of boost?

Give us a call on 0208 874 6567 or email our team at wandsworth_fulham@thelittlegym.eu.

 

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The Importance of Creative Play for Kids

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Creative play is a vital part of childhood and child development. Through creative and imaginative play children can grow emotionally, socially, intellectually, and even physically

 

Creative experiences help a child develop these skills and enable them to share their thoughts, feelings and ideas. Exposing children to creative opportunities contributes to and furthers their development.

 

Coming up with ways to play creatively doesn’t have to be stressful or take a lot of time. In fact, over-structuring is the opposite of creative play. Every small step toward developing a child’s skills is a major milestone in their growth and happiness.

 

Here at The Little Gym we use creative imagination in every class whilst also giving the children the chance to play & explore in their own way too. If you’ve tried a class here with us you might have seen your child’s instructor pretending to be a monkey, walking slowly on the moon or tip toeing across the beam so as not to wake the sleeping crocodile. We create fun and varied stories to keep the children engaged when they are using equipment, to keep structure and flow in class and to help develop their skills in a way that taps into their in-built imaginations. The children learn by seeing and doing but also by using their own imaginations to add new layers to the worlds the instructors have created.

 

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What Tools Do I Need?

 

Ideas for creative and imaginative play are available all around us. Often we overlook the simple things, that to a child aren’t as simple. How often do you see a small child staring at a leaf and turning it over to stare at the details. Emotional, cognitive, and fine motor skills develop with the introduction to the simple things. Try using some of these household items to make games, tell stories, or just have fun with them.

 

·         Sponges

·         Paper

·         Cardboard and boxes

·         Tape

·         Paint

·         Markers, crayons, or pencils

·         Molding materials like clay

 

Emotional Development: Creative play promotes social and emotional development by integrating feelings with tasks. Ask your child to paint, draw, or tell a story, about how they’re feeling. These types of activities help children, who are not able to verbalise, express their feelings. In time, children will learn how to express their feelings safely and creatively, allowing them to integrate into social settings and regulate their behaviour more appropriately.

 

Why not try these Mindful Monster card games as another great way to help your child’s emotional development.

 

Social Development: Children can grow and increase their social development when given opportunities to play and interact with peers. Singing, dancing, dress-up, and other forms of imaginative play are a few areas where children are able to grow and develop basic communication and social interaction skills. This is something that is integrated in every class here at The Little Gym.

 

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Intellectual Development: Through creative play, children can learn important problem-solving skills. Reading, for example, gives children the opportunity to express their imaginations and explore a world outside of their own, helping to improve both intellectual and cognitive skills. This also forms the basis of reading comprehension and retention and sets the tone for solving more complex problems as they grow and develop.

 

Physical Development: Whether your children are dancing to the rhythm of their own beat, or exploring the great outdoors, creative play helps to grow gross and fine motor skills, coordination, and control. Building fine motor skills requires practice and sets the stage for improving hand eye coordination and muscle memory. You don’t have to be complicated with the movements either, ask your little one to crawl like a bear, jump like a kangaroo or frog, or gallop like a horse. Why not join in to – its never to late to work on our own physical development and you might just have some fun while you’re at it.

 

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Providing children with creative opportunities for play will allow them to develop these important skills as well as provide them with the opportunity to explore and learn about the world around them. Kid-focused activities like The Little Gym can be another great option for busy families providing age-appropriate programs available after school, on weekends, and even when school is not in session. 

 

Call 0208 874 6567 today or email wandsworth_fulham@thelittlegym.eu


Meet Rosie!

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Welcome to a new 'Meet the Team' blog post!


We have asked all our team 10 questions about themselves and the gym so you can find out a little more about us.


Next up...Rosie!


Rosie joined The Little Gym of Wandsworth back in September 2012 as a Birthday Party leader and a part time gymnastics instructor. She then went to University for 3 years and travelled Asia and Australia for a year before returning to join the team in December 2017.

 

Rosie is a super positive, fun and creative person and brings so much energy to the gym!



Rosie has always had a keen interest in sports, health & well-being. Doing gymnastics when she was younger and also studying dance for 15 years. She is currently studying to become a Personal Trainer & Yoga Instructor.

 

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Her favourite TLG story would be when one of her kids after her Giggle Worms class came over to the front desk after buying her a present from the shop next door and told her it was ‘just for her!’.


10 Questions with Rosie!

 

1. Where are you from?

Jersey Channel Islands – Yes I’m Instructor Lucy’s sister!
 

2. What is your favourite thing about working for TLG?

Getting to be silly and creative with the kids everyday.

 

3. Describe yourself in 3 words

Genuine, Happy, Silly



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4. What is your favourite food?

Fruit! Any Kind.

 

5. What is your favourite sport (other than gymnastics)?

I love to try all sports, but I love going to the gym, doing yoga & Pilates and I really like climbing.

 

6. What is your favourite Gymnastics skill?

Handstands – I practise them all the time!

  


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7. What makes you special?

I’m from a big family. I have 4 sisters, 1 brother and 7 nieces and nephews (and counting).

 

8. What was your dream job growing up?

To be a dancer!

 

9. What would your super power be?

To be able to fly!

 

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10. What place would you most like to visit?

South America.

 


Benefits of Getting Kids Involved in the Kitchen

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Getting dinner on the table can be a major feat in every busy family. Often we banish the kids from the kitchen so we can cook in peace. But this week (seeing as it is the Easter holidays which hopefully means we have a bit more time) why not get your kids to help with the cooking. It will also link nicely with what the kids are learning about in the gym over the next few weeks.

 

Here at The Little Gym Wandsworth and Fulham we have started a new learning unit which focuses on healthy lifestyle habits. Our three-dimensional learning aspect in classes means that your children not only learn gymnastics but they also get a regular ‘Brain Boost’ and benefit from a ‘Life Skills’ focus.

 

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Over the next 4 weeks our pre-school classes (3-6years) will be learning about ‘Healthy Chores for You & Yours’ & our Primary school children (6-12years) are focusing on having a ‘Fit Clean Body Machine’.

 

An obvious way to keep yourself and your children fit and healthy is by cooking and eating healthy food. Cooking has many long-term benefits for children including increased confidence, improved reading and math skills, and it sets an example for a healthy lifestyle!

 

Check out these 6 ways cooking can help enhance your child's development.

 

1.    It creates interest in food and cooking.

Children who are involved in the creation of their meals are more likely to eat their meals (we’re looking at you, picky eaters!).

 

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2.    Cooking helps to build important maths skills.

Almost every recipe requires accurate measuring and counting. Give your child a task by having them count how many eggs go into the pancake recipe, or how much oil goes into a batch of brownies. This can be a fun cooking game that will help children learn basic counting, addition, and even fractions.

 

3.    Improves comprehension and reading skills.

Reading a recipe, understanding step-by-step instructions, and comprehending exactly what whisking, blending, or folding means, are not only an important part of the finished product but it also promotes literacy and listening. Start with easy recipes for kids where they can ‘own’ as much of the process as possible.

 

4.    Builds confidence and self-esteem.

Giving children the opportunity to be involved in the completion of a meal helps to provide them with a sense of accomplishment. If they successfully (or unsuccessfully) boiled and mashed potatoes, created a personal pizza, or helped make a special dessert, let them know what they did was important and that it helped. Child development and the feeling of success go hand in hand.

 

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5.    It sets an example for a healthy lifestyle.

Cooking is a great outlet for talking about body wellness and the reasons why we need to eat healthy foods. Inviting children to be involved in grocery shopping, meal preparation, and cooking fosters healthy habits that have lifelong benefits!

 

6.    You’re able to spend quality time together as a family.

With school, work, and extracurricular activities, it’s difficult finding time where the whole family can be in the same room at one time. Make an effort to cook together a few times a week, check out some cooking games for kids, and spend quality time conversing, learning, and eating together!

 

After you and your littles ones are nourished from your kitchen adventures, come and see us at the gym, Kid-focused activities like The Little Gym are a great option for age-appropriate programs available after school, on weekends, and even during the school holidays! Check out our Easter camps running on the 3rd, 4th and 5th April here or call 0208 874 6567

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Gymnastics - 10 Amazing Benefits for your Child!

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Over the past few weeks we have all had the pleasure of watching the amazing performances at the Winter Olympics. Our favourites events were the figure skating, freestyle skiing and of course the skeleton where our very own Lizzie Yarnold brought home another Gold Medal for the UK!

 

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It was so fascinating to hear the commentators throughout the event mentioning the competitor’s gymnastics backgrounds in many of the sports and how it has helped them to be better winter Olympic athletes.

 

The figure skaters exude such grace and beauty in their movements and lines and you can see the similar links in their routines to many gymnastics floor routines as they have similar flexibility and body control.

 

The Freestyle skiers combine acrobatics with their skiing and the amazing flips they perform clearly show the link back to gymnastics.

 

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After watching the Winter Olympics it got us thinking about how amazing gymnastics is as a developmental sport for children. Even children and young adults who aren’t taking competitive gymnastics, but take part at a recreational level, like here at The Little Gym, gain so many future benefits in adulthood and later life after doing gymnastics.

 

 

Here are our Top 10 benefits of gymnastics

 

 

Flexibility: Flexibility is a key factor in gymnastics, learning movements and combining them in skills and routines lets children build greater flexibility and greater control of their body. Increasing flexibility can also help reduce rates of injury as they have a greater range of motion and can help with lots of other sports and exercises in the future.

 

 

Disease prevention: Taking part in gymnastics can help maintain a healthy body, which is key to preventing numerous health conditions such as asthma, cancer, obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Being involved in gymnastics helps encourage a healthy lifestyle, including regular physical activity. Children who lead active lifestyles are more likely to be active adults too!

 

 

Strong and healthy bones: Gymnastics is one of the best holistic sports and is a fantastic wat for children to do weight-bearing activities. This helps develop strong, healthy bones, which is important for us to develop at a young age. As we age, we inevitably experience a decrease in bone mass every year. Building strong, healthy bones at a young age can help reduce the risks of developing osteoporosis and other deliberating conditions later on in life.

 

 

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Increased self-esteem: A study conducted by researchers has indicated that children who participate in physical activity like gymnastics are likely to have better self-esteem and self-efficacy.

 

 

Daily exercise needs: Children and young adults need to move regularly.  The UK Government recommend in their Physical activity guidelines for children and young people that all children and young people should engage in moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity for at least 60 minutes and up to several hours every day. They also state that vigorous intensity activities, including those that strengthen muscle and bone, should be incorporated at least three days a week.

 

 

Increased cognitive functioning: Taking part in gymnastics does not only offer physical benefits; it is beneficial for improving concentration and mental focus – an important aspect of anyone’s life. Gymnastics allows children the chance to think for themselves, to stimulate their imaginations and to solve problems safely. Here at the Little Gym we use three dimensional learning. All our classes challenge children to ‘Get Moving’ whilst developing social and cognitively with our ‘Brain Boosting’ and ‘Life Skills’ elements.

 

 

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Increased coordination: People who have a background in gymnastics ten not to react with as large a “startle response” to sudden imbalances as non-gymnasts. By applying this conditioning outside the sport, people become better equipped to avoid hazardous situations by quickly identifying them and naturally correcting body alignment when walking, standing or jumping, etc.

 

 

Strength development: Children and young adults who take part in gymnastics tend to have stronger cores as well as stronger upper and lower body strength. Even taking part in as little as one hour of gymnastics a week can help improve a child’s strength in these areas.

 

 

Social skills: At all ages, gymnastics provides an opportunity to develop social skills. Here at The Little Gym younger children learn how to take turns, look, listen, be quiet when others are talking, work and think independently, and how to be respectful of classmates and teachers.

 

 

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Fun: Gymnastics is fun! Particularly here at The Little Gym our aim is for everyone who takes part in our classes to benefit from all of the things mentioned on this blog whilst also having ‘Serious Fun’ so that they develop a love of sports and exercise now and in the future!

 

It is never too early or late for your child to benefit from taking part in gymnastics. We offer classes for children aged 10 months – 12 years. Call us today on 0208 874 6567, email wandsworth_fulham@thelittlegym.eu or sign up for a FREE Introductory class here.

 

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