Tips and Tricks for your Pre-schooler on Gymnastics Bars !
HOME GYMNASTICS BAR WORKOUT and how to assist your kids.
Bars , whether adjustable or not involve height. Please Remember to place matting safely underneath your bars and the height is set correctly for your child.
Front support on the bar.
Tell them to lock their legs and squeeze their bottom. To keep their legs together, have them hold a foam piece or bean bag between their knees. Tell them to lock their arms and raise their chest high with their necks stretched tall like a giraffe. Making sure they are not arching their back by practicing on the ground first. HOLLOW BACK !
Glide kips have the child hold a bean bag or foam piece between their ankles. Have them try to glide out and drop it into a laundry basket, hoop, or on a chalk circle drawn on the mat. You can put a wedge in front of the set of bars. Have them practice stretching to kick the incline to achieve a glide action and body extension. You can do this at any age, it is also a great core strengthener.
Forward roll dismount Whilst in front support , keeping arms locked straight the entire roll, and squeezing bottom , your kids roll forward and assisting straight legs slide down the bar into either a pike straddle or tuck hold.
Pull over have a ladder set up at first in front of bar , or a wedge incline mat /box mat and get your child to climb their legs up the ladder and bending their arms into a chin up to then kick over the bar to end up into a front support.
It is important that your kids learn how to fall (bent knees), rollout and dismount correctly, When it is safe to let go (on the back swing not forward) and how to land (like sitting on a motorbike), Holding the bar correctly (like holding the handles of a motorbike to explain to preschoolers) and also Remember to always keep a hand on the child when they’re hanging upside down.
- whilst holding either bent arm in a tuck or pike position , your child would sing the alphabet or count to 10. Whilst in a tuck position you can get your kids to squeeze a teddy between their chests and knees as to encourage them to lift their legs to their chest and engage their core !
- wrapping hands around the bar together on either side and legs wrapped around the bar, your child would pull arms in an assisted chin up (looking like an upside down koala nibbling his leaves at the bars)
- in a hanging position . Have a teddy or something they have to monkey monkey to the end . Something to aim for.
-Gorilla turns - swapping your hands over in circles, how many can you do?
You need a lot of grip strength on the bars. For a preschooler or young child it is hard hanging on the bar. So games that squeeze things can assist. As simple as squeezing a squeaky duck in the bath can get those toddler grip strength ready for bars !