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Let´s go Ice-Skating!
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December 29, 2014  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Ice-skating has become a popular activity during the Christmas season. And it’s a great way to exercise but the best part about it is that you can ice skate together! A wonderful way to spend quality family time!  It´s healthy, fun and has tons of benefits. Keep reading to discover what ice-skating has to offer.

For a better childhood development, our kids should keep a healthy diet and exercise. Just as we suggested in our post “Shall we practice a winter sport this year?” we should encourage our children to engage in outdoor activities, which are fun and help burn calories. You might not be able to get out everyday but try to at least on the weekends.

 

Ice-skating is a great winter activity. The main advantage it has is that you can all practice it together. We´ve written about spending quality time with your children here at The Toy Blog because it not only improves your relationship but it helps kids boost their self-esteem and reduce stress levels.

Ice-skating is also a great way to show your children that falling down just means getting back up. We all know how hard it is to watch our kids fall or trip or hurt themselves but these are all part of their development. Instead of running to the rescue, if your kids fall over while ice-skating, simply encourage them to get back up. If we over protect them too much, we might be lessening their ability to face new challenges. We must try to give them the tools they need but allow them to be independent so they learn how to deal with situations in the future.

In terms of the physical benefits ice-skating has, this sport activates their blood circulation, builds up their lung and heart capacity and the muscles of their arms and legs. It also helps them strengthen their balance. Why is this so important? Children need to develop their motor skills as well as their extremities. Our mission as parents in this respect is getting them to exercise and providing them with the right toys.

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When can they begin to ice skate? The recommended age is 4 and up. Although this may vary, depending on the physical skills our children have acquired before you go ice-skating, try roller-skating so they can practice on wheels first. You might even consider signing your kids up for ice-skating lessons.

What if my kids don´t want to ice skate?

We should never force our kids to do something they don’t want to. And ice-skating might not entice them. If this is the case, sit down and discuss what other winter sports they´d like to try.

You can also motivate them to practice a winter sport by playing with their favourite toys. Pinypon, for example, has a fabulous ice skating ring and Nancy practices it every day during the holidays, just as she declares in her blog. While they play encourage them to have fun by making it real: “That is such a great plan! Why don´t we do it together?”

 

Tips on how to ice skate

Like the majority of winter sports, ice-skating requires some precautionary steps. Here is our advice:

-Make sure your children wear helmets so their head is completely protected if they fall.

-They should wear knee and elbow protectors.

-Have them use wristbands in order to avoid fractures. If they wear gloves, they´ll protect their hands when they fall.

-Make sure the ring is in perfect conditions. No holes, no water puddles or dangerous objects laying around.

-Loose fitting and water resistant clothes will allow them to move around easily and not get wet.

Will you be going ice-skating with your kids these holidays? Don´t you think it’s a great plan??

Photo Credits: Famosa

 

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