Many kids begin sports at a very young age, and gymnastics is a sport that is open to kids as early as 3 years old. While many children practice gymnastics during organized classes at a gym, other kids enjoy practicing at home as well. With the right tools, families can bring gymnastics home.
What gymnastics equipment can kids to use at home?
If your child is bouncing off the walls during play time at home, you may be interested in buying gymnastics tools. Letting kids practice improves their skills and gives them something productive to do. Below are the examples of home gymnastics learning tools.
- Trampoline - If you have a big backyard, a trampoline can entertain the whole family. Kids of all ages will enjoy bouncing up and down on a trampoline. Practicing stunts, tumbling, and leaping is easy on a trampoline. It also improves their balance.
- Balance beam - A balance beam is another idea for at-home use by children. There are many beam choices on the market. Some beams will go directly on the floor. Others can be elevated anywhere from 2 to 4 inches off the ground. How high or low a practice beam should be is up to you and your athlete's skill level.
- Uneven bars - Most people don't have room for full-size uneven bars in their home, but a practice bar is easier to handle. Even if you don't have space for two uneven bars, you can have just one, which will allow your kids to practice fundamental bar movements they will later need for competition.
What type of practice mats are available?
If your kids are tumbling around the house, you likely need gymnastic mats to keep them safe and give you peace of mind. For your gymnasts, you may be interested in those that allow you to learn cartwheels or other mats that aid in tumbling. As a bonus, most equipment can also be used as toys during play. At slumber parties, a mat is a big bed and can also be used as the base of a fort.
For more experienced gymnasts, you will need 4x4 or 4x8 tumbling mats. Some shorter mats are produced with Velcro straps on the end. The Velcro straps allow shorter pieces to be placed together for longer stunts and passes.
What gymnastic equipment is on the market for boys?
In gymnastic competitions, boy and girl gymnasts compete separately and have their own events. Both boys and girls perform on bars, floor, and the vault. At home, depending on their skill level, practice for boys can include ceiling-mount ring sets, dome trainers, pommel trainers, fundamental low parallel bars, and a pylon training system.