Right now, both of my girls, nearly 3 and 5, are enrolled in gymnastics. My DD1, 5yo, is very sensitive, has a lot of issues in social situations, poor gross motor planning skills (improving), and low muscle tone. My DD2, 3yo, is extremely sensory seeking. A monkey in a human body, pretty much.
I had initially enrolled them both in the classes because they each need some form of physical activity- 5yo needs an activity that puts her motor skills to the test as well as exercises her core muscles, and 3yo needs an activity to burn off all of that energy.
This session is almost over and it's time to re-enroll. My 3yo wants to continue, my 5yo doesn't. She says it's physically too difficult for her. She says it's too much. The other kids in her class are beyond her physically- and she can't keep up with them. On top of that, her coach has spoken to me and hinted that this may not be the activity for her. Essentially my 5yo isn't being safe- she can't safely perform things because of her poor motor planning. Example.. doing a backwards roll. She puts her hands up behind her ears as she's supposed to and rolls (attempts to, she can't make it around)- only instead of putting her hands on the floor to take pressure off of her neck, she slams her head into the mat/ground. I have unfortunately had to implement a hard and fast "no gymnastics in the house" rule because it is outright dangerous for her.
I asked DD what she wants to do instead of gymnastics (because she came to me and asked). She told me she wants to play basketball. She doesn't have her heart set on it, but it's something. I really don't think she can handle it. I know my kid! She can't handle interacting with other kids- which is why gymnastics was seemingly perfect- a solo sport with an adult instructor.
I would gladly put her in an art class, she loves crafting things, painting, music... but her OT wants her in a physical activity. I'm also supposed to take her to the park daily year round, which I can't manage with all three kids and no car. We don't get to the playground as often as we should.
So.. does anyone have an idea as to an activity I can put her in where she won't be completely overwhelmed by other kids, *but* can still do something physical?
What can we do at home? The girls have plenty of space and opportunity to run free and everything- we let them jump on the furniture and everything.. they have a hopper ball and yoga balls that they play on/with. What else is there to do to help DD get her physical exercise, especially during the winter?