Children have a wonderful imagination! Their minds are full of creative concepts and ideas. If this is the case then surely it means having imaginative methods are the best way to teach children in whatever they learn.
Within our toddler football classes we include many imaginative games in order to engage young children, our games ensure children fully participate, and concentrate on their practice, all whilst having plenty of fun!
For example here is one of the games:
The cones in the middle of the exercise drills may just be normal obstacles to parents, however for children these cones are eruptive volcanoes that are not allowed to be touched! Once this concept is introduced, children immediately ask questions “why are we not allowed to touch these?”, ‘’what will happen to you if you touch these volcanos’’, “you will burn your hand”, but you will get a child who has a wider imagination and will confidently give you a quick briefing in front of all the other children and parents. This is a prime example of imagination providing the children with an opportunity to develop their social skills amongst the class. It also helps boost the children’s development of problem solving in their own way.
At the same time importantly when playing the game, children are practicing their dribbling skills whilst trying not to bump into the volcanoes!
We always incorporate imaginative games into our classes to ensure children have fun, learn football skills and build confidence too!
For some children starting their first ever club can be quite daunting! entering a totally different environment, meeting new friends and coaches for the first time can be a challenge to overcome, even for adults starting a club or new working environment can feel a touch awkward. Our staff are aware children all take their own time to find their feet, the coaches always give that extra helping hand and plenty of encouragement to ensure children attending their first time and weeks are happy and settle in comfortably!
After participating in our fun games and interacting with new friends of a similar age all of a sudden the shyness disappears and the confidence gained is very much apparent, children are soon speaking to their parents excitedly throughout the week looking forward to their next weekend football class!
At our toddler football classes we find children’s confidence improves immensely, even just after a few weeks of attending. The classes give children an early and positive introduction to sport and encourages them to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, joining a toddler football club also benefits children’s confidence for playing sport when they start School, starting School clubs or just running around and having the confidence to participate and play games with friends in the playground!
If you are still looking for some inspiration for last minute Christmas present ideas the SoccerDays Team have put together 10 football themed gifts for all the football mad children out there, we hope you enjoy the selection we found below!
Smart Ball Speed Ball Football
Smart Ball Kick Up Football
Football Stars Top Trumps
Hover Soccer Ball
Footgolf Mini Game Set