Tips for Your Child’s First Ice Skating Lesson
Ice skating is great winter activity that children can begin to really enjoy during their preschool years. Getting your child started with ice skating lessons is a great way to have them interacting with children their age while getting them started with fitness at an early age. You will be amazed at how quickly a preschool child can pick up ice skating. Children make it look much easier than some adults who are trying it for the first time. I can tell you from experience that the first lesson is the most difficult and that is mostly due to parents not being prepared. Here are some tips to make that first ice skating lesson go much smoother.
Get there 30 minutes early
Getting a preschool child dressed in the morning is challenging, getting that same preschool child to put on ice skates, mittens, a helmet, and winter pants is down right near impossible. Give yourself plenty of time to have them ready to get on the ice right at the start of class.
Take some of the stress out
Many ice skating lessons and classes do not let the parents participate. This can be extremely stressful for a child if it is the first time they are on the ice. Take away some of this stress by introducing them to the ice during an open session (or free skate). This will save you from the first 30 minutes of a 45 minute lesson being spent with them gripped to your leg outside the rink.
Pick out the perfect helmet
There are some great helmets out there with some of their favorite characters like Jake and The Pirate, Elsa, Dora, Buzz, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and many others. Explain to them that they will get to wear the helmet during great activities like ice skating and riding their bike. Make sure to build up the excitement as some young children do not enjoy wearing helmets while others do not mind at all. You do not want to deal with half the class or lesson being spent on trying to get your child to keep his or her helmet on.
Finally, introduce your child to ice skating by watching different videos. There are some great videos on YouTube of preschool children taking their first ice skating lessons. This can prepare them for what to expect as the rink can be a bit overwhelming. We also found some different cartoons with ice skating scenes to help explain what ice skating was and to begin to build up the excitement.