Learn How to Teach Your Child the Perfect Cartwheel: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents
Are you ready to join the cartwheel craze on the playground?
Teaching your child how to do a cartwheel can be a fun and exciting experience for both of you.
"Cartwheels are like gold coins in a treasure chest, they're the ultimate currency among kids to show off their skills and join in on the fun and games with their friends."
As the experts in building up all your little ones movement and confidence, we've put together a quick video and break down of the steps to help you teach your child a cartwheel:
1. Start with the basics: Before attempting a cartwheel, make sure your child has a good understanding of basic gymnastics skills such as rolling, balancing, and jumping. These skills will help them better understand the mechanics of a cartwheel.
2. Break it down: Break the cartwheel down into smaller steps so your child can understand and practice each one separately. Start with the basic legs apart in star shape, move to a sideways bunny hop and then on to the handstand position.
Step 1: Have your child stand with their feet shoulder-width apart and their arms stretched out in front of them.
Step 2: Have them kick one leg up and over their head, while also pushing off the ground with the other leg.
Step 3: As the kicking leg comes around, have them bring their hands down to the ground to support their body.
Step 4: As they land, have them use their arms to help balance and complete the cartwheel.
3. Show them how it's done: Demonstrate the cartwheel to your child and have them watch and copy your movements (a baby cartwheel will do!) This can be helpful for them to understand how it should be done.
4. Elevate their hands: Use a small box or bench to elevate their hands, this will make it easier for them to kick their legs over and master the coordination of the cartwheel.
5. Use visual cues: Use two coloured stickers (one on each foot), matched with coloured markers on the ground (think hoops or chalk drawings!) as a visual cue to help them rotate correctly.
6. Practice, practice, practice: Like most things, practice makes perfect. Encourage your child to practice their cartwheel regularly, even if it's just a few minutes a day.
7. Be patient: Learning a new skill can be challenging, so be patient with your child and give them positive encouragement and support.
At Gymkidz, we understand that learning a cartwheel takes time and practice. Therefore, we encourage parents to be patient with their child and to keep encouraging them to practice.
Get your child ready for the playground with Gymkidz! Our expert guidance will have them mastering cartwheels in no time. From basics to visual cues, we have got you covered.
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