As gymnastics coaches, we know how important handstands are — they are everywhere! Helping kids feel comfy upsidedown and on their hands is one of our greatest challenges!
Here are 10 creative ways for teaching handstands to wee ones… best suited for to use in beginner preschool and recreational level gymnastics & tumbling classes!
1 — With the Plank! (don’t flip ’em til they are ready!)
2 — Elevated feet walks (the closer the hands to the block, the more vertical they are!)
3 — Back and Forths! (Amazing for cartwheels too!)
4 — Up & Down the Mountain! (check out the caption for the benefits of this one)
#Repost @gymcoachjeno ・・・ This is one of our favorite movements with 3s and 4s. We have found that using “hands-feet” motion on beams, forward, backward, up and down steps has significantly improved our kids’ upper body strength. This has resulted in better donkey kicks and handstand & cartwheel strength. More importantly, we are seeing our 3 and 4 year olds gaining body awareness, motor planning and control. Simple concept. Huge payoff. #preschoolgymnastics #kids #gymnastics #activekids #gymnastics #strongkids #handstands
5 — Donkey Kicks! (practicing that support on two hands!)
6 — Broken Leg Walks (getting ready for the kick up to handstand!)
Brilliant! . #Repost @brightstarsgym with @repostapp ・・・ We love to teach drills that turn into skills! Did you know “broken leg walks” eventually become cartwheels? Miss Cece’s three year old class is doing a wondeful job keeping their leg’s straight on “broken leg walks!” #brightstarsgym #gymnastics #brokenlegswalks #hardwork #activekids #gymkids #preschoolgymnastics
7 — Hickory, Dickory, Handstand! (for those who love nursery rhymes)
Nursery rhymes turn into action songs at this gym!! #Repost @rollypollieswny with @repostapp ・・・ 3 year old class today! #rollypollieswny #rpwny #kidsgym #kidsgymbuffalo #toddlertime #toddlertimebuffalo #wnykids #wnyfamilies #playwithapurpose #preschoolgym #sensorygym #sensorygymbuffalo #preschoolgymnastics #hickorydickorydock #strongarms #handstands #mommyandme #daddyandme #kidsclasses
8 — Working That Reach! (getting stronger and starting to get the concept!)
Working the big reach into handstands! … … #Repost @gymspectrum with @repostapp ・・・ These awesome pre-schoolers are making great progress on their handstands! As fun as it looks, these little ones are increasing their shoulder and core strength, balance and coordination! #GymSpectrum #PreSchoolGymnastics
9 — Beam Shuffle (because why not use the beam for this??)
10 – You Gotta Start Somewhere… (harder than it looks for those wee ones)
I love this station for so many reasons but most of all how kids learn how to keep “strong arms” during lateral movement. This is the start or cartwheels, round offs and more — so worth it to start this early! 🙂 #recgympros #balancebeam #kindergym #preschoolgymnastics #gymnastics #lateralmovement #cartwheel #progressions
(BONUS — just because it is SO stinkin’ CUTE)
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