My FootDr Kids on the Move

Not only are we podiatrists, but parents too! As parents we are always looking for fun ways to keep our kids entertained, but also improve their cognitive development. A great way to work on this is with matching and sorting games. Kids on the move has created this super simple activity for you to try at home.

How can kids games help with cognitive development?

Matching and sorting games can help:

  • Improve concentration.
  • Increase attention to detail.
  • Improve the ability to find similarities and differences in objects.
  • Help to classify objects that are grouped by similar traits.

All you need for this perfect pairs sock matching game is mulitple pairs of socks and an area to play! Make sure you separate the pairs of socks and mix them all up in a pile. There are a few different ways your kids can sort the socks:

  • Matching pairs
  • Colour groups
  • Short or long

This is a great way to grow your child’s cognitive development and get the laundry sorted.

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Don’t miss the ‘chance’ to get the kids active before heading back to school!

It’s back to school time, meaning our little ones will be back to learning, homework and sitting down for long periods of the day. Having to learn and remember a large amount of material each day can be very draining for kids, so make sure you give them a brain-break with exercise and energy busting activities! Getting your kids moving not only has many health benefits but can also help them at school with:

Kids on the move has created this convenient and effective energy-burning workout: All you need is a deck of cards!

Materials

  • Deck of cards
  • A piece of paper and pen (optional)

How to play

  1. Choose four different active exercises that you feel your kids can safely and confidently perform.
  2. Assign each exercise to a suit. Write down each suit to its assigned exercise.
  3. Shuffle the cards and place them in a draw pile, face down.
  4. Every player picks a card and performs the exercise corresponding to the suit and performs the exercise the same amount of times as the number on the card (Jack = 10, Queen = 11, King = 12, Ace = 13).
  5. Continue choosing cards until the whole deck is used (or you get too tired).

Have fun assigning different exercises to the suits!

We’ve also provided detailed instructions for how to perform these exercises in the downloadable PDF below

Download and Print Here
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Disclaimer: The information on our site is NOT medical advice for any specific person or condition. It is only meant as general information. If you have any foot and lower limb questions and/or concerns about your child or your feet, please contact your local podiatrist. If you have any general medical questions, please contact your health provider. For the full terms of use visit myfootdr.com.au/kids-on-the-move-terms-of-use/

Ever wondered if your nails grow at the same speed? Our toenails grow 2-3 times slower than our fingernails! It’s very important to cut and look after toenails correctly to avoid ingrowing and infections, otherwise you’ll be waiting a while for the nail to grow out.

Can I stop ingrown toenails in my child?

It’s estimated that 50% of ingrown toenails in kids and adolescents are caused by nail cutting technique. Usually if our patients are suffering from ingrown toenails and have poor cutting technique, we observe the following:

  • Nails that curve down into the edges
  • Nails that cut deep down into the edges
  • ‘Picked’ or ripped off nails

These issues are easily preventable by always cutting the nails straight across with nail scissors.

How to correctly trim toenails

  • Trim straight across your toenails
  • Use proper nail trimming scissors or straight-edge clippers every time 
  • Manage sharp ends gently using a nail file
  • Leave just a couple of millimetres of white nail at the tips
  • Aim to trim or check your child’s toenails every month

Need fast relief from ingrown toenails?

Our podiatrists offer ingrown toenail treatment so make sure to make an appointment if you, or someone you know is suffering.

This ‘Fitness Fortune Teller’ will get the whole family moving!

As podiatrists and parents, we know how important it is to keep our kids active and moving. Keeping active is not only an important part in maintaining our kid’s overall health, but foot health too!

Kids on the Move has created this fun and simple ‘Fitness Fortune Teller’ activity that you can download and print for easy fun at home. The fitness fortune teller includes various active movements for the players to complete, putting a ‘fitness’ spin on this classic school-recess activity.

Download and Print Here

How can exercise benefit my child’s health?

Getting your kids moving can have many benefits including:

  • improving strength
  • coordination
  • flexibility
  • posture
  • building confidence

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s balance, walking or anything lower limb related, our podiatrists are highly skilled at assessing children’s feet and lower limb biomechanics.

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Disclaimer: The information on our site is NOT medical advice for any specific person or condition. It is only meant as general information. If you have any foot and lower limb questions and/or concerns about your child or your feet, please contact your local podiatrist. If you have any general medical questions, please contact your health provider. For the full terms of use visit myfootdr.com.au/kids-on-the-move-terms-of-use/

 

Is there a difference between laces and slip-on shoes? 

When Choosing The Best Children’s Shoes, it’s very important to choose a pair that has an adjustable fastening mechanism. Choosing shoes with laces, velcro or a buckle rather than a slip-on can help in many ways.

  • It’s important that the shoe is secured to the foot so the toes do not claw to grip the shoe
  • As your child’s feet grow it’s also important that you are able to adjust the shoes.

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Looking for ways to keep the kids entertained these school holidays?

Get your kids moving with these fun and energy-busting physical activities.

The aim of the game is to listen carefully. The kids only perform the activities when you say ‘Yeti Says’ first. If you don’t say ‘Yeti Says’ first and they do the activity, then they have to do 5 burpees! You decide when or if you say ‘Yeti Says’. Download the instructions below.

 

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Kids on the Move PinterestDisclaimer: The information on our site is NOT medical advice for any specific person or condition. It is only meant as general information. If you have any foot and lower limb questions and/or concerns about your child or your feet, please contact your local podiatrist. If you have any general medical questions, please contact your health provider. For the full terms of use visit myfootdr.com.au/kids-on-the-move-terms-of-use/

My FootDr Kids on the Move

Christmas Foot Prints

It’s never too early to start the Christmas crafts. Keep the kids entertained these school holidays with this Christmas foot print activity. Use this to create your own DIY Christmas cards or wrapping paper!

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Kids on the Move PinterestDisclaimer: The information on our site is NOT medical advice for any specific person or condition. It is only meant as general information. If you have any foot and lower limb questions and/or concerns about your child or your feet, please contact your local podiatrist. If you have any general medical questions, please contact your health provider. For the full terms of use visit myfootdr.com.au/kids-on-the-move-terms-of-use/