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Help Your Child to Improve His Gross Motor Skills

on June 4, 2012

Do you need to work on improving the gross motor skills of your children? Have you ever watched your sons stumble as they’re clearing the table and dump food all over the floor – or seen them playing with their siblings and thought to yourself, “Oh no, my son is  clumsy !” Don’t panic – there are lots of different ways you can work with your children to help improve their gross motor skills.

Gross motor skills are very important for young children. Gross motor activities of crawling and walking give children important independence, but strong gross motor skills allow children to interact comfortably with others on the playground, carry large bins and stacks of books with ease, and feel confident when they engage in physical activities and organized sports.

Gross motor skills are those required to move the large muscles of the body, including those in the arms, legs, feet and torso. Large muscles are used in movements such as crawling, walking, skipping, running, hopping and clapping.

Children are active and often on-the-go. It is important for them to control their bodies to keep them from frequently bumping into people or things, falling when on their feet or sitting in a chair, or dropping large items.

When a child can control his body movements, he will feel more confident when interacting with peers.Children can strengthen the muscles in their arms and the legs with exercise and practice.

If your child’s gross motor skills are not yet fully developed, consider working with your child.

Find an open area where your child can move without restriction or fear of hurting himself or breaking something.

At home, a large area in the middle of the room can work. A driveway or grassy area near your house is an excellent area, if that is possible. There are always open areas for large muscle movement on playgrounds or parks.

So encourage your child to play and practice, practice, practice!

Here is a list of basic large muscle motions that can be practiced in your house. We at learning house school also practice these activities with kids.

No extra equipment is needed! To make practice with these basic movements more fun, try playing a “copy cat” game. Demonstrate the skill to your child and ask him to copy your movements. Or turn on some lively music to keep the practice more interesting.

Clapping – Babies love imitating this motion. Of course, a huge “hooray!” when he follows your lead is appropriate!

Tapping both knees with both hands – This can be done while standing or sitting. Ask your child to touch each knee with the corresponding hand (right hand on right knee, for example). He should move his hands simultaneously.

Marching – Ask your child to pick his knees up to his hip level in an exaggerated step. Direct him to swing his arms by his sides as he marches.

Jumping – This is harder than it looks for small children who sometimes give is a giant effort by somehow cannot manage to lift off the ground. With practice they will be able to do this by bending their knees slightly and then springing up.

Hopping – This is like jumping, but on only one foot. Balance plays a key role here, which makes this a multi-skill movement. Holding onto one hand can give your child the security he needs to continue practicing this skill



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