How to Prepare Your Child For Their Very First Gymnastics Class
Gymnastics classes offer some amazing benefits, so it’s no wonder that you signed your child up for some. While you and your child are both excited, you aren’t sure what you need to do to get them ready. Here are some tips to help you get your child prepared for their very first gymnastics class.
During the gymnastics class, your child will most likely be doing a lot of rolling, tumbling, and jumping. If your child has long hair, it can get in the way during these activities. Make sure you put your child’s hair in a ponytail, bun, or braid so their little face is free from distraction and hazards.
Gymnastics for kids does not require a strict dress code by any means, but it’s a good idea to get your child dressed in the appropriate clothes for their first class. Coaches will probably recommend leotards. You can put shorts over the leotard if that makes your child more comfortable. Footless tights and leggings also work well to prevent slips and falls. A pair of shorts and a tight shirt will do just fine if your child doesn’t feel comfortable in a leotard.
Your child should not be wearing any jewelry at their gymnastics classes. Bracelets, rings, necklaces, and earrings should not enter the class with your child. If your child has newly-pierced ears, they can be left in as long as they’re low-profile studs. Other than that, the shiny and dangling jewelry can just cause distraction and even be dangerous if left on your child during their gymnastics class.
Your child should eat a good meal before their first gymnastics class. It should be at least one hour before you get to the gym. They need enough time to digest their food before they start tumbling around on the mat.
Even if the gymnastics class is short, you should bring water for your child. Athletes need to stay hydrated, and that’s no different for your child.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that kids between two and five-years-old practice motor skills like tumbling, running, throwing, and catching. Your child will be practicing those skills in their gymnastics classes; just make sure they’re properly prepared!