A motor skill involves using your body muscles to perform any action. Fine motor skills involve using your fingers to perform smaller actions like picking up objects and putting them in your mouth to feel and taste them. Gross motor skills are performed by using larger muscles of your arms, legs and feet for larger movements like crawling, walking, running and jumping.
At age 3 and above, your child must be given ample opportunities to hone up gross motor skills, in order to develop mental and physical health. At this age, children are bursting with the need to explore all over, after learning to use their arms, legs and their trunk to run, jump, kick, throw, catch, bend and squat. There are several choices to develop their gross motor skills like
· Light dancing freestyle to nursery rhymes
· Balancing on a low straight plank or homemade beam or walking on piece of twine/tape at home.
· Walking, skipping, hopping and jogging around your home, park or the neighborhood or alternately play hide and go seek to make it lively.
· Swimming and other water games
· Playing pretend where kids imitate other animals and birds like kangaroos, monkeys, waddling ducks, horses galloping, flying planes etc.
· Riding on tricycles and other ride-on toys. Take them to supermarkets to push shopping carts.
· Playing games like follow the leader, Simon says, musical chairs.
· Playing on swings, slides and ball pools.
To To learn more about developing your child's motor skills go to ride-on toys; homemade balance beam, water play.and arts and crafts activities.
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