Roller blading is bound to be on the top of your kid’s to do list. What better way to impress their friends than by learning this challenging skill, and what better way for you to spend quality time with your child than teaching them how to acquire it. It’s not only fun but great for keeping fit and spending time outdoors away from their game console. Roller blading can be tricky so be prepared for all their questions by reading these handy tips on how to teach them how to roller blade. Also remember that practice makes perfect so make sure they’ve got their technique down before they hit the parks.
Finding roller blades that fit perfectly is your first concern. Kids blades generally have short frames which allow them to turn quicker and fit smaller wheels. This makes them ideal for bike paths and neighborhood skating. Roller blades with longer frames are available and are more stable at higher speeds, these also fit larger wheels. Staff at any reputable sports shop will help you find the right boot for your child. Trying them on is also important so that they can get a feel for what it will be like skating in them. Experts say that roller blades should feel snug around the ankles. If they’re loose but you can tighten them by pulling the laces then they’re fine. If you tighten the laces and they still don’t fit around the ankles then you’ll need a smaller size.
The minute your kids get home with their new roller blades they’re going to want to try them out so make sure you’re prepared by purchasing their protective gear before you get home. You’ll need a helmet, knee pads and elbow pads. Like hats, helmets come in different sizes and it’s worth remembering that these may vary between manufacturers. Measuring your child’s head is the best place to start. Once you have chosen a size make sure the helmet is positioned properly. It should sit level on their head and come down about two finger widths above their eyebrows. Now they have their blades, helmet, elbow pads and knee pads, they’re ready to have fun and start their journey.
Balance is key when roller blading. They’ll develop this skill as they continue to learn but there are some additional activities they can do to further develop this it and improve their gross motor skills. For example sitting on a gym ball whilst playing games at the table or standing on one foot for prolonged periods of time will help speed up the process. Before your child begins roller blading on hard ground get them to walk on grass with their new roller blades on. The grass provides traction and will help them get their bearings before trying them out for real- it also provides a softer landing should they fall.
Now they’ve tested their balance and had time to get used to their new roller blades it’s time to give it a go. Find a long smooth piece of ground that they can glide on, when you start blading your movements should be long and smooth so as they put one foot in front of the other this movement will come naturally. Always start slowly then encourage them to pick up speed as they gain confidence. Once they have this down it’s time to start teaching them to turn and shift direction. Once they have some momentum, moving their leg in a scissor motion will make them change direction.
Teaching your kids this cool skill will help them keep fit whilst having fun. By considering the above points you can successfully teach your kids how to roller blade whilst keeping them safe and having a little fun yourself.