Children's Fitness

  "Rather than trying to drum children into categories, let's appreciate the special insight that each child brings to the sea of diversity which is the stuff that wonderful creations are made from."

Kennydale Academy, Maureen Martin, Maureen Eckersley, Child Care, daycare

Ms. Mo's Teaching

To create a safe, loving, respectful environment where children have the greatest opportunity to grow and develop into healthy, happy bodies. 

To go above and beyond safety, love, and respect ~ where the environment is fulfilling, enriching and supporting of all possible learning and growing opportunities for fitness.


Tumbling Tykes Fitness 

Tumbling Tykes is an on-site children's fitness class taught in the Puget Sound area.  This  45 minute, weekly physical education class is designed to introduce preschool and kindergarten-aged children to health and wellness through fun fitness games, tumbling, singing, and dancing.  This class includes lots of gymnastic and dance equipment, not to mention the silly stories and wondrous magical tricks Ms. Mo loves to do.

 Inspiring kids to start their fitness lifestyle early. 


Summer Fitness Camp

The Jr. Gym is a one hour on-site fitness workshop that is fun-filled, non-stop, and action packed for preschoolers and school age children.  Ms. Mo brings her fitness arena to your school which includes loads of fitness equipment for the children to play on, exciting games for the competitive spirit, and a hands on fitness workshop.

  It is something special to me to see these brave, powerful, little people having the chance to experience the world of fitness. It's an environment that spells out "Fitness is Fun" and hoping to influence them to carry it into their adulthood.  Fitness isn't just another chore we have to do, it is a fun way to live each day!



Maureen Martin, Kennydale Academy, Fitness, Child Care, Daycare
What does the NAEYC say about their center visits which include Ms. Mo classes:

Ms. Mo's has been a part of the fun and recreation for those children that attend Child Care Centers in the Puget Sound Area. Fitness and Nutrition are the focus and using Tumbling and Gymnastics as the background for the class helps her to inspire children into the world of fitness. They build confidence and self-esteem along with coordination and motor skill development. Best of all, the children walk away from class feeling like a true shining star with enthusiasm and a positive attitude.

Her fitness program is designed to meet the needs of a wide diversity of children. The small class size and individual attention ensure the best possible learning environment so that the children can best reach their potential with lots of one-on-one attention. The small class size also makes it a safe environment for fun tumbling and gymnastics.  Ms. Mo definitely illuminates a passion for kids and it shows in her accredited classes.

Tumbling and Gymnastics

Kid Friendly Nutrition

Story Telling w/Movement


Sign Language


Children's Magical Motivation



Ms. Mo's Personal & Professional References:

WITS Tacoma Community College

Phone (888)330-9487


Renton Technical College



The University of Washington

Early Childhood Education and Family Studies

(206) 616-6211


Washington State Dept. of Early Learning

(360) 725-4665


Pierce County Resource & Referral

Ms. Michelle Roberts

(253) 591-2028


KinderCare Learning Centers

Ms. Callie Colberg  - Gig Harbor WA

(253) 851-1777


Cascade Christian Schools

Ms. Debi Boyd - Fredickson Campus

(253) 537-9339




Facts on Kid's Health  (KidsHealth.Org)


The average child gets less than 15 minutes of vigorous activity a day.


The average U.S. child gets approximately 43 minutes of moderate physical activity a day.


The average U.S. child spends 20% of his/her waking time watching TV.


Obesity rates are up 36%, respectively, in the past 20 years.


The average child consumes at least 20 ounces of soda pop a day.


The child of today is less fit and more fat than the child of the 60's.


Thirty-six percent of the children get daily physical education; 36% get two or fewer days.


Nine out of ten parents think their children are fit, when only one out of three are.


At age 10, 45% of young people say they participate, or intend to participate, on a non-school team. Among 18-year-olds, the figure is 26%.


Thirty percent of youths (10-19 years) have negative or neutral attitudes towards physical activity.


In a typical physical education class, only 27% of actual physical education time is devoted to motor activity.


The average heart rates in a typical 30-minute physical education class range between 90 and 129 beats per minute.


The older girls get, the less likely they are to work out.


Grade school students are 24% more active than high schoolers.


Asian and Hispanic girls are notably less active than girls of other backgrounds, including African-Americans, Whites and girls of mixed heritage.


Children exercise less as they get older, boys about 3% less each year; girls, 7.5%.


The most popular physical education offerings for grades 7-9:














The two biggest reasons kids participate in sport and exercise are fun and socialization.


About 42% of middle school students consider themselves more fit than their peers. Sixteen percent rate themselves as not as good.


Thirty-six percent of middle school students say that they think that kids who exercise do better in school, about one-third are not sure, and 28% disagree.


Fifty-four percent of students claim that their physical education class is very important to them.


About 50% of all students report that physical education class time should be increased in the middle school.


Family Exercise Ideas

Birthday Walk
Children love to do things with their parents. What better way, then, to celebrate your child's birthday than to go for a walk together! You may wish to try the following:

1. When your child is one year old, walk one kilometer (.624 miles) together. You may have to push your child in a stroller. If he or she can walk, you might have to do one-quarter kilometer in the morning, one-quarter kilometer at noon, one-quarter kilometer before dinner and one-quarter kilometer in the evening.
2. When your child is two years old, walk two kilometers together. Again, you may not want to go the entire two kilometers all at once.
3. When the child is three years old, walk three kilometers together.
4. Continue until your child is five or even until the age of 21.

In order to add some fun to the walk, bring a ball along and either kick or throw it. If you live in a cold climate, a nearby shopping mall is a great location for winter walking.

Make a rule that there should be a small note attached to every gift given. This note should be read before the gift is opened. The note will describe an exercise that must be done by the person for whom the gift is intended. The exercises cannot be too difficult, although they may be unusual. For example: Gift for Dad, "Do five sit-ups with hands in pockets." Gift for Mom, "Lift Junior off the ground five times.

Organize an Easter Egg Hunt for several families in the neighborhood. Color the eggs first and number them from one to 100. Use as many eggs as you like, but we suggest two for every child. Do not allow the children to see where the eggs are being hidden. Hide the eggs in a large field, playground or school yard. Once the eggs are hidden, the children are brought to a starting line. On the signal, they search the field for eggs. Once they find an egg they return it to the designated area where their name and the number of the egg is recorded. Once a child finds two eggs, that child can help the other children find their eggs until everyone has found two of them.

Once all the eggs are found, you may want to give the children prizes such as coloring books, crayons, balloons, Frisbees®, puzzles or comic books (no chocolate or candy).

Parents who are concerned about the amount of candy their children receive on Halloween might try this alternative. Design a flyer suggesting that families hand out alternatives to candy. This flyer could be distributed in the neighborhood or an article could appear in the local newspaper. Some suggestions for alternatives are:


line puzzles


cut outs



crossword puzzles


sugarless gum




gift certificates


word puzzles

Participating parents could place their garbage pail on the front lawn as a sign that they offer an alternative to "garbage," letting the children would then know to which houses they should go.

Mother's Day and Father's Day
Provide Mom or Dad with a list of clues as to where to find their gift. Actually, the gift will be at a neighbor’s home, and Mom or Dad will have to walk one or two miles before they can receive it. Clues may be hidden all over the neighborhood and the whole family will want to accompany Mom or Dad on their hunt. Examples:

1. Your next clue can be found where you meet the 7:05 bus (bus stop near home).
2. Your next clue can be found beside the neighbor's hound (beside the neighbor's dog house).

Television Time
If you are concerned about the amount of time your children watch television, try the following formula for limiting their TV time. Tell your children that time for watching TV must be earned. Here are a couple of sample rules you could establish:

1 hour of reading or studying = 1/2 hour TV
1 hour of active play = 1/2 hour TV

You may want to keep a tally sheet for each child, but be careful not to make other activities appear to be punishment. Instead, explain that there are a lot of fun things to do besides watching television that you would like them to enjoy.

Valentine's Day
Everyone associates the heart with Valentine's Day. How about doing something that will strengthen the heart and improve cardiovascular fitness? Challenge your family to a "hearty" Valentine's Day. Between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., family members should try to obtain as many heart points as possible. Select a Saturday or Sunday close to Valentine's Day, or disallow activity during Mom and Dad's working hours.


1 point for every 15 minutes


1 point for every 10 minutes


1 point for every 15 minutes


1 point for every 10 minutes


1 point for every 10 minutes

You may wish to give the younger children a handicap and make it harder for teens. For example:

Children 5 - 7

multiply the total score by 2

Children 8 - 10

multiply the total score by 1.5

Children 11 - 17

multiply the total score by .75

Ages 18 and up

multiply the total score by 1

The winner at the end of the day receives a token prize such as new shoelaces for their running shoes.


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