Gross Motor Skills
There are many developmental steps that your child will take throughout their years of growth. One of the most important milestones is the forming of Gross Motor Skills. These types of skills revolve around the use of large muscles in a concentrated and controlled way. A few examples of this are: climbing, playing tag, running races, catching a ball, balancing, and more. We all know that children practice repetition to understand or mimic movements, so it is important that children are exposed to this, especially at an early age.
There are also many factors that can affect a child’s gross motor skills in a negative way. Technology, being a savior in medicine and other aspects of our daily lives, can also eliminate the desire for children to run outside or develop these skills indoors. Being that gross motor skills revolve around the idea of muscle interaction, children who tend to lounge around do not develop many gross motor skills or it may delay the process.
Another factor includes the idea that we must protect our children and in doing so, we shelter them from a gross motor positive environment. Physical activity is very important to not only our children’s development but their own physical and mental health.
So how do gross motor skills benefit our children? Regular physical activity can impact a child’s confidence, self-esteem, education, and overall mental health. Now that we have a basic understanding of gross motor skills, we believe it is also important to understand how to improve them.
Give your child a place to play. An obstacle course, like ours at Mt Playmore, can provide a safe and fun way for your child to develop their gross motor skills. Teaching your child how to jump rope, or relay race, can also give your child a way to improve coordination. Taking your child to the park is another option to encourage more outdoor play and as a bonus, they can meet and interact with other children their age.
Because our children rely heavily on our influence, especially in early ages, it is important to inspire them to pursue activities that aid in their development. At Mt Playmore-we hope to encourage your child in safe and fun play. It is our goal to provide not only a healthy environment for your children but also a place for parents to unwind.
**If you are seeking help or concerned for your child’s development, please seek a health care professional. This is not a substitute for treatment.**