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Doesn’t
big, strong muscles
sound so
much more exciting than gross motor
skills! When your child attends mainly play
or mainly music, there many moments
when their muscles will be developing.
Marching
In songs, like
The Grand Old Duke of
York
or
The Wheels on the Bus,
help your
child respond with actions. Not only will
they be experiencing plenty of cross-
patterning (physical movement that
involves crossing the midline of the body,
using the upper and lower body, or right
and left side separately), their arms and
legs will be getting plenty of use.
As the song progresses, as their grown-
up, enter into the activity with passion.
For the most part, your participation will
increase their participation.
Jumping
When
5 Little Monkeys
or
Three Jelly Fish
are used as imagination songs and the
actions involve jumping on the bed, or on
and off the rock, again your child’s large
muscles will be exercised.
Big, strong muscles
Gross motor skills
For families
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Even more
Gross motor skills are those which require
whole body movement. This movement
involves the large core stabilising
muscles of the body which we use to
perform everyday functions, such as
standing, walking, running and jumping.
Did you know that when you are sitting
upright at the table, this also develops
those big, strong muscles?
Add activities that include throwing,
catching, and kicking and your child is
developing eye-hand coordination skills
and contributing to their ball skills as
well. Keep going because swimming,
along with riding a bike or a scooter,
increases your child’s gross motor skill
development.
Now that you have read about the need for
these strong muscles, what can you do?
Get out the balloons
Whether you’re indoors because it’s winter
or taking a break from the summer sun,
balloons create a lot of interaction.
Play ‘keepy uppy’ – that means, don’t let
the balloon touch the ground. Whether it’s
with your hands, head or feet, make sure
that balloon doesn’t touch the floor!
Hold a paper plate in your hand like a bat
and ‘keepy uppy’ becomes a sport! Or
make a slight change and hit the balloon
against the wall with your paper plate bat.
Hold another balloon in your hand (use
it like a bat) that must keep the other
balloon up. What fun!
At home fun
With growing muscles
What use are these muscles?
Here’s something you might not know:
Writing is not only a fine motor skill
activity (in this instance, using your
fingers, thumb and hand); it also requires
the use of the large muscles in your arm
and sitting. This requires your gross
motor skills to have been well developed.
Writing can then become very tiring.
Coming along to mainly music or
mainly play assists your child’s
readiness for school.
Your participation
will increase their
participation
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Additional activities
You’ve read this article on big,
strong muscles. Now follow us on
social media for on-going activities
you can do at home.
Move another way
Instead of walking to the bedroom at the
end of the day, why not try
• Running and jumping (three running
steps, two jumps – add some maths
into the activity)
• Hopping (try that foot and now try
your other – for five hops each)
Wheelbarrow walking (hands on the
floor, Dad or Mum hold your legs like
the handles of the barrow)
• Put cushions on the floor and walk on
them (upper body strength is required
to handle the unstable surface)
• Crawling (even if you walk usually, see
whether you can crawl to bed tonight!)
• Pull your younger sibling along the
floor when they’re sitting in a box or
the laundry basket.
Obstacle alert
Create an obstacle course where your
child will need to go over chairs, under
the table, along a masking tape line on
the floor, jump from rug to rug or cushion
to cushion or even paper plate to paper
plate. Find ways to make this safe for
your growing pre-schooler.
I remember the days of old.
I ponder all your great works
and think about what you
have done.
Let me hear of your unfailing
love each morning,
for I am trusting you, God.
Show me where to walk,
for I give myself to you.
Because of your faithfulness,
bring me out of this distress
Psalm 143
Have you ever thought of running
towards God in times of difficulty?
Chat to your mainly music or
mainly play Team Members if you’d
like to know more.
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Activities to enjoy at home!
The
Learning Together with rhyme
activity pad engages you and your
child in rhymes you’ll know from mainly music and mainly play.
Loads of stickers, and activities to develop your child’s fine motor skills
and colour recognition.
Spending time with your child, learning together. You will nurture their
growth, captivate their imagination and bring delight to your day.
The content has been designed with a growing child in mind.
The age suitability is 2-5 years.