Here are our tips for teaching little ones how to skate:
Dress them appropriately
Before you introduce the ice, ensure your child is dressed appropriately. Snow pants, a winter coat, warm socks, and mittens will all help her feel warm. More importantly, invest in a helmet to prevent head injuries in case of a fall and proper-fitting skates. Click here for more about ice skate gear and safety.
Introduce Skates First
Get your child used to the feel of skates before taking him out onto the ice. Have him stand up and walk on the rubber around the rink in the skates to get him accustomed to the feeling.
Teach Your Child How to Fall
It’s inevitable. Your child will fall on the ice. Teach her how to fall to get her used to the feeling and to know how to do it safely when it happens. Here are some tips to teach your child how to fall:
- Have her bend her knees, lean to one side and gently go down onto the ground.
- When on the ground (or ice) have your child kneel on both knees.
- While on both knees have her bring one skate up while pushing down on that knee.
- Have her bring the other skate onto the ice as she stands back up.
Sign up for lessons
Teaching your kids how to skate isn’t always easy, even if you’re skilled on the ice. Consider signing them up for lessons to help build confidence and meet other kids in your area. Find local skating schools by visiting your city website and searching for program listings.