Wondering if your child is ready to start dance class, swim lessons or Little League? Here's how to choose the right activities for kids at every age (20 Photos)
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What they'll learn: Gymnastics helps improve strength, speed, coordination, balance, and flexibility. It can also help a child learn to face and overcome her fears -- for instance, many kids are frightened of the balance beam or the high bar, but after supervised practice they'll likely learn those skills. Gymnastics is also a great activity for children who shy away from team sports.
Best for: You can start with parent/child gymnastics classes -- those at centers like My Gym have classes starting at 6 weeks, which focus on baby exercises, swinging and gentle movements. Programs for toddlers engage children in climbing, jumping, and very simple, basic moves. By ages 3 or 4, kids can start learning more traditional gymnastics skills. You can look for difficulty level based on your child's age and ability. One note: If you're considering competitive gymnastics, experts advise waiting until at least age 6 to begin -- most children don't have the body control, coordination or balance to participate competitively at this young age.
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