How to Do the Splits for Kids

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When kids are trying to do the splits, they should make sure to stretch out first, and the teacher can help out by singing a song to make it fun. Make sure the back knee is turned under for kids' splits with help from a gymnastics coach in this free video on gymnastics and tumbling.

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Hi, my name is Caroline, and I'm here with Betsy. And we're at Encore Gymnastics. We are going to show you how to do the splits for kids. Before you do the splits, you want to stretch them out. So go down on your knees. We're going to put one foot forward. This toe should always be behind the knee. So you never want the to go past the toe. So you put this toe out pretty far. Something that's fun for the kids to do is to sing a song, you want to sing with me? Ready? Yankee Doodle went to town, riding on a pony. Very good, go ahead and stop there. You can do the whole song. It helps them with this stretch, which stretches here. And then with this stretch, which stretches all through here. The next step that we're going to do, is we're going to do what we call a princess split. And Betsy's going to tuck her foot under, put her knee on the ground. Hold this leg back straight, you want to make sure this knee is turned under. Put her arms up in the air, and smile. And that is called our princess split. Very good. You want to do it on both legs when you're stretching, and that is how you do splits for kids.

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