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globetrotter

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ok, question for parents/teachers what ever - I have 4 year old twin girls, fraternal. one is much more physically capable than the other - I mean in 4 years we haven't found anything that the one is better at than the other, aside from climbing. there is a huge difference in body size - the bigger one is faster, better coordinated, stronger, a lot braver. they swim, they skate, they dance, they do gymnastics, the one is better than the other in everything. In 2 years they can do rock climbing, and the small one will probably do better at that. she has much better upper body strength to weight ratio.

I need some suggestions - sports or activities that a smaller 4 year old (she's actually pretty average in height and weight, the other one is just very big) with good upper body strength and average motor skills can excel in?
 

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No kids, but I have a brother around that age, and he's kind of like the smaller twin you're describing. He started violin at 4 1/2- an instrument like Piano or Violin would be doable at this age. There's also academic type activities she might like- my brother is not into sports at all, he's pretty much a nerd, but thats fine. Our mother started him at 3 in a math/reading enrichment program called Kumon and he LOVES it.

Also, check out your local children's theater- there's one here in Milwaukee called First Stage and my brother does classes/camps there.
 

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You're not going to get them into Krav or martial arts like your son?

What organized sports are there for 4 year olds? Seriously? Most sports start at 6 don't they? Maybe a Pee-Wee softball team?
 

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^^Soccer, T-Ball, Hockey to name a few.
 

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Originally Posted by shibbel
^^Soccer, T-Ball, Hockey to name a few.
What 4 year old is coordinated enough to play hockey? Or soccer? Tee-Ball, maybe, but the wiki says otherwise
Tee-Ball "Tee Ball Baseball is for boys and girls 5-6 years old (with a local option for 7- and/or 8-year-olds) who want to learn the fundamentals of hitting and fielding. "
 

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My brothers school University School of Milwaukee starts them at Hockey at 4. Milwaukee Kickers (soccer) start kids at three- organized team play at 4, same with t-ball. The Wiki is talking about the averages, it's not a hard line.
 

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That's got to be painful to watch. 3 and 4yr olds are barely able to walk in a straight line. I can't imagine getting any joy out of watching them crash into each other for an hour. Wait, on second thought.....
 

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It can be, but really with some my jaw drops every time I see these kids on the ice. It's amazing how coordinated they really are. Here's video of my bros team when they skated at half time of pro hockey game a couple years ago...
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It might not be such a bad thing for the one child to be better at athletics--that's just the luck of the draw sometimes. It could even be a good thing in the long run, if the other child views her sister's ability as something to strive for rather than something to get discouraged over. But I appreciate that that's not part of most 4-year-olds' skill set
Rock climbing's a great sport though, and until then +1 for shibbel's non-athletic suggestions. Or I guess you could target coordination skills directly with specific activities like juggling. http://www.teachkidshow.com/teach-yo...how-to-juggle/
 

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Originally Posted by globetrotter
I need some suggestions - sports or activities that a smaller 4 year old (she's actually pretty average in height and weight, the other one is just very big) with good upper body strength and average motor skills can excel in?

tennis.
 

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Nevermind, tennis won't work for a 4 year old. Really, beyond soccer I can't think of anything. Why not let them fool around for a few more years?
 

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Thanks I the basic idea is to give the small one a better feeling of success, so I am looking for something she will feel she is good at. Eventually, I probrably will have them in krav and or something like that. But I am thinking the bigger one will be better at that, too.
 

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Put the small one in basketball and/or tennis. If she gets to be quick enough she could be good at both. Neither really require too much power but you have to run like a motherfucker.
 

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Piano lessons, singing, dance. My Uncle's has little girls. One is a phenom at sports, the other is a future mozart-ess.
 

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Originally Posted by globetrotter
Thanks I the basic idea is to give the small one a better feeling of success, so I am looking for something she will feel she is good at. Eventually, I probrably will have them in krav and or something like that. But I am thinking the bigger one will be better at that, too.

If you put them in separate classes, the little one wouldn't know the difference (if you're worried about her being overshadowed by the larger sis). However, not every one is meant to excel at sports and she could have a growth spurt, so I think the key (as you've noticed hence your thread) is to keep them active and encourage them along the way. As the smaller one gets older and notices the larger one is a bit more successful (may not even work out that way larger isn't always better), it'd be important to be careful how much praise/attention is being sent to each kid.

* there are no baby jodums running around so just opinion.
 

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