Today was our first mommy and me soccer class. Sydney seemed to enjoy it quite a bit and loved the little games the kids played. We started off by doing warm ups-dribbling the ball to different colored flags. Then the kids sat in a circle on their soccer balls and listened for directions to the next activity. The kids were all handed a card with different farm animals on them and they had to pick an animal and make the animal sound while kicking the ball to the flag. It was pretty cute watching all these kids run around mooing, baaing and clucking. We then did a toddler version of keep away-well kind of-with the toddlers and parents. The finale was running down the field with the soccer ball and scoring a goal. This was pretty exciting for most the kids when they scored and received applause for it.
We have been using a jr. version of a soccer ball at our house so using a regular soccer ball was a new thing for us. Every time Sydney kicked the ball she would grunt, then she had to step back because it took so much out of her when she kicked. It was pretty funny actually, although my child is always a bit of a drama queen so the grunt may have been a bit exaggerated....just a bit.
The kids range from 2-3 1/2 which is really a big age difference actually. Some of the smaller kids weren't really into running around kicking a ball, and I think half the boys just wanted to run around, and run right to the park toys nearby. I'm happy with the class though-I think it's going to teach Sydney coordination, teamwork, leadership and good listening skills. Here are some pictures of the kiddos (Sydney and Kaden) at soccer today...
Sitting in a circle (ish) while waiting for instructions
7 months ago