Over the last few months we have been seeing a physiotherapist for my eldest as he has been behind his peers with gross motor development and we’re learning as we go. One of the key things is that he needs to work on his core strength – it was a problem that I had myself after having him as I am hyper-mobile and during pregnancy it was at it’s extreme however, because of the way he has worked through stages of development he lacks core strength.

Rolling down hills - working on core strength with kids and having family fun with kids

As a baby he was comfortable sitting and watching playing with the toys around him – however movement were just not on his agenda – I remember being excited that at 7 months he rolled – just the once that was it! – and again at 10 months he went straight into a full fledged crawl. He missed out on developing a lot of core strength by not rolling or developing a crawl by trail and error and now as he’s 5 and a half it’s easier to see what the effect of missing out those stages on his development has been.

A natural childhood - good old fashioned fun and the importance of these activities for children's physical development

The pencil roll is one of the stages that babies do that develops the core strength and one thing that we have been working on at home with him – trying to find fun ways to get him rolling properly – the best and one of the 50 things from our Natural Childhood list has been rolling down a hill.

A natural childhood - good old fashioned fun and the importance of these activities for children's physical development

When activities are free and they work on things that the kids need to develop there is a huge bonus for us as a family and when the activities are fun and all of us can join in – yes I rolled as well although no evidence as I’m always behind the camera it’s got to be done.

A natural childhood - good old fashioned fun and the importance of these activities for children's physical development

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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