Mother, father, and two children walk in a park in springtime

6 ways to develop movement skills at the park

Did you know March 30 is Take a Walk in a Park Day? What a great opportunity to get outdoors and discover all that spring has to offer! While you’re in the park, take some time to have fun developing movement skills.

How to supplement your walk with fun skill-building activities:

1. Practice agility by playing a game of Follow the Leader and let your child lead you around, over, and through trees, logs, shrubs, and boulders.

2. Go for a roll down a hill or keep your balance as you cross a log. Practice standing on one foot in front of a park bench; use it for balance if you need to.

3. Get out your baseball mitt, scoop, or modified milk jug for a simple game of underhand catch. For toddlers, roll a large ball instead.

4. Go for a forest hop. Pick a patch of trees and kangaroo hop through the patch.

5. Run or jog along a trail, racing from one trail marker to the next. You can even incorporate hopping (one foot or two), rolling, or moving like animals to change it up.

6. Toss your stones. Throwing stones in water is a classic for a reason. Not only is it fun, it helps develop coordination of the arms and torso.

How to find your local park (or a new-to-you one!)

  • Check your municipality’s website
  • Check your local tourism bureau

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