roll (aka somersault)
· Squat down, tuck your chin to chest (find your belly button), reach forward, tip
your hips over your head as you place the back of your head on the floor.
· Make sure not to put the top of your head on the floor, as this can hurt the neck.
· If you have a hula hoop, throw it down on the ground. Have your child place his/her hands inside the hoop and kick his/her legs around it (aka. Monkey Jump). Always start and finish with the belly button facing the hoop. As s/he becomes more proficient, s/he will kick higher!
· Hands always point to one side when they’re on the ground.
· If your child seems confused about which leg to start in front, put a sticker
or stamp on that foot as a reminder. Note:
Many gymnasts write with their right hands, but start cartwheels and handstands with their left foot, and vice versa. This is natural!
or donkey kick
· Always start & finish with the same foot in front in a lunge (see note in above).
· At first, new gymnasts don’t kick all the way up, so just encourage kicking
up & landing correctly.
· Handstands against a wall are a great help, if you have the space, but make sure
your child keeps his/her arms straight to protect his/her neck! Also, stay clear
· Practice walking hands down a wall, looking at the hands as they walk & until
they touch the floor. The feet should stay flat on the floor and the hips should
push forward the whole time.
· Then, pushing the hips forward & feet into the floor, carefully walk the hands
back up. Put a pillow on the floor next to the wall in case of mishaps!
kickover off a sofa or low bed
· First, make sure there’s no furniture to hit! Do a bridge with feet up on the furniture, hands on the floor. Push the shoulders AWAY from the furniture, then kick 1 leg over, pushing off
with the 2nd foot. Keep the arms straight! Finish in a lunge.
· If you can’t hold yourself up with straight arms and shoulders off the sofa
for at least 10 seconds, do not attempt to kick over!