2 • Q3/2021 • delight, accept, grow
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
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.
will increase their