Your child’s gross motor development can be enhanced and strengthened by a number of activities. To encourage the continued improvement of your child’s motor skills, child care experts recommend you introduce them to pastimes they consider fun and will want to do again.
Dancing is a wonderful way for your children to develop their gross motor skills. It incorporates full body movement, which directly impacts all major muscle systems. Also, dancing is an activity with no right or wrong steps. Children are free to let the music move them in whatever way they like. Moreover, with the endless array of musical styles and types of dance, your child will always have a new routine to show off to family and friends.
Hopscotch can also increase your child’s gross motor skills. The jumping motion engages their major leg muscles, and similarly, the swinging motion that propels them forward utilizes the arms. Also, hopscotch is helpful in developing your child’s ability to make precise movements, as they are required to step or jump into specific boxes.
Swimming is another full-body exercise that child care experts suggest for strengthening a child’s gross motor skills. All major muscles systems are used when lessons include different stroke movements; further, this activity encourages children to cultivate muscle control and coordination when learning the proper form for each stroke.
Teaching your children how to ride a bike also develops their gross motor skills and coordination. By requiring them to pedal in rhythm while simultaneously stabilizing their balance, biking is a highly beneficial activity for increasing muscle strength in their core and lower extremities.
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