Getting Those Toddlers Moving

This is the second webinar in the two-part webinar series on infant and toddler physical activity.


About Physical Activity and Movement for toddlers:

Toddlers.  They’re a little sturdier, a little more steady on their feet, and even more ready to explore the world than they were when they were infants.  Amazing changes happen during these first years of childhood as babies become toddlers.  They meet all kinds of developmental milestones as they gain balance, confidence, and independence.  And as their brains develop, so does their coordination and motor control, allowing them to begin to achieve higher level motor skills like jumping, skipping, and even pedaling a bike!  There are tons of fun activities and ideas we can use to support toddlers as they develop these higher level motor skills.  Just as play was a powerful tool to use with infants as they developed foundation skills like rolling and crawling, playful activities can also be used in our work with toddlers!

About the Presenters:

Claire Heffron and Lauren Drobnjak are practicing pediatric occupational and physical therapists.  

Claire holds a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from The University of North Carolina and has been practicing in public and specialized school-based settings for 10 years. 

Lauren graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy. She has practiced for more than 15 years in both clinical and school-based settings. More about our presenters


About The Inspired Treehouse:

The Inspired Treehouse, believes that with a little help, kids can build strong, healthy bodies and minds through play.  The website features easy-to implement activities that are designed to promote all forms of developmental skills for kids.

The staff at The Inspiring Treehouse are pediatric occupational and physical therapists so we are also passionate about sharing information, tips, and strategies to help readers conquer the common developmental roadblocks that come up for kids.  We believe that the more parents, teachers, and caregivers know about child development and wellness, the better off kids are!



  • Preservice Teachers Learn to Use Be Active Kids in Limited Spaces

    I really enjoyed our class meeting. It was interesting to discover that you can do just about anything with children in the classroom where there may not be much space to encourage them to be active.  A change that I will make in my own life is to be more active, as well as my daughter. I will share this information with my friends that have children such as yoga animals, or Simon Says.

    Cathy Sesta, Parent & Child Care Provider
  • Early Childhood Physical Activity Institute

    Thank you for inviting me to be part of this year’s Institute. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the experience. You’re doing amazing work and I hope I’ll be able to continue contributing to it a bunch in the future.

    Rae Pica,
  • Plenty of Resources That I Can Use and Share

    This class was informative, and I look forward to being physically active with young children. On Friday, I volunteered at a Parents Night Out through my daughter's school. When I got there the kids were watching a movie. I got them up to play Simon Says and Red Light Green Light, however, after that I was stuck on what to do. I wish I had the knowledge I gained from this class, to have made it more exciting.

    I enjoyed your Land and Lake Activity.

    Venessa Wright, Parent & Child Care Provider
  • Be Active Kids Trainers Rock!

    I loved the training.  I would have loved it more if I had the other teachers from my center there also.  I am really looking forward to taking my kit to work and sharing it with my staff.  I liked Brittney, she reminded me of myself as far as being very active and motivated.  When I am at work with my little ones we stay busy all day.  I feel like singing my instructions and dancing my actions helps them to focus better on what I need for them to do.  Britney was great and I learned a lot from her. I am always trying to find new little ways to get the kids moving.

    Tiffany Daniel, Sandhill Community College

    The Early Childhood Physical Activity Institute was just wonderful!  Thank you again for including me in such an important effort to create and sustain leaders in EC physical activity. I would love to return to NC anytime that you think I can help. I enjoyed meeting the folks who work with you and hearing about all of the great things that are planned. 

    Linda Carson, Choosy Kids
  • Be Active Kids has Much to Offer

    Congratulations to you and everyone who has been promoting PA for young
    children in NC. You have much to be proud of here. Be Active Kids is an excellent source of ideas for promoting active play in unstructured settings. The Be Active Kids website also has resources on promoting unstructured active play. I encourage folks to review these resources. 

    Diane Craft, SUNY Cortland & Active Play Books