Preschoolers abilities really display a range their developmental skills:
- Motor skills
- Social skills
- Physical size
All these metrics just prove that humans have so many potentials and some of the strengths can be nurtured and others are just: a work in progress.
During these summer months, when play out of doors is a regular part of the preschoolers days, give your child’s motor skills a boost by creating brief but powerful learning experiences.
Remember that basic baby training exercise: bouncing on a stretched blanket? When two adults, each take two corners of a 4-5 foot sturdy blanket and place their baby in the middle of the blanket when flat on the ground. Then the 2 adults slightly, lift the baby to an airborne relationship with the ground, the youngsters is ‘cuddled’ by the sides yet senses that there is an UP and DOWN concept to the new position. A small amount of ‘swaying’ of the suspended child, stimulates the vestibular systems.
Planning experiences like the blanket sway, builds motor memory and nourishes neural routes into and out of the brain. ALL good and all building that valued body-brain connectivity.
Try short range throwing: targeting an object on the ground, toss a small ball or paper wad at the target. Change the variables: longer, higher and build the child’s perceptual abilities.
Change the object: beach ball, foam balls, frisbees.
Maybe decorating the driveway would be a fun activity? Using water as a paint, motor skills are promoted in bending, crawling, limb movements.
Look for surfaces that might be somewhat uneven, slope of a hill, and challenge the child to move along that surface, building new angles in their ankles and knees and hips that feed information to the brain for judging motion control.
Playgrounds, of course, engage kids…but with a little bit of suggestion, focus on one or another ability as the children explore the playground equipment. Like while climbing, check to see if foot placement is secure and natural and repeated. Watch their hands in gripping the vertical rails of a ladder.
Challenge both hopping and jumping by using chalk marking on the driveway.
Use hoops or ropes to build the ability to jump over a rope/hoop. The rigidity of a hoops helps some kids.
Little tips from you can steer kids skills at just the right minute in development. A few moments can make a lifetime of different….in one’s happiness in moving.