I'm Clover Zatzman, here at the Ice House, and this is how to train a toddler for skating. Bringing a toddler onto the ice for the first time can sometimes have its challenges, but it can also be a really fun and rewarding experience for them. I always start my toddlers out by standing on the ice on their own with their arms up just to feel their balance. Another important thing I do with them is have them bend down, touch their toes and fall down gently. I want to break their fear of falling right from the start. Keeping it fun and imaginative is really important when teaching toddlers. So, I say things like, hold you arms up just like airplane wings or butterfly wings and things like that to keep it fun for them. Because toddlers don't yet have the coordination that an older skater that might have. Most of them have to start out by just marching on the ice, rather than pushing and gliding into stroking. But don't worry, these marches will soon lead into harder skills. Like forward and backward swizzles and even one foot glides. Because toddlers don't yet have the focusing development that older skaters have, inventing things games and using tools like washable markers on the ice really helps them keep engaged. Drawing designs on the ice helps them learn skills like forward and backward swizzles and dips, which is when they touch their toes. Rewards such as stickers or small toys helps keep them excited about coming on the ice and gives them positive reinforcement towards reaching their own goals. The earlier a child gets out on the ice, the easier it will be for them when they're older to have the coordination and balance over the skates.