Children develop motor skills at different rates, but when children appear to be struggling or having trouble with developing those skills then that’s when it’s time to step in. You’ll be able to notice these changes if they’re not running, throwing things or jumping as much as their friends could be.
In this guide, from this art school in Somerset, we take a look at some fun activities you can try with your child to help with their gross motor skills.
A great way to improve a child’s balance and muscles in the legs is through trampolining. A child has to jump up and down to bring momentum to the trampoline and send them higher into the sky. This continued motion is hugely beneficial to your child’s confidence in handling heights and their own body in uncontrollable situations, and it’s also fun when all your friends can join in as well.
Jump Rope skipping
A lot of kids get involved in skipping when they’re at school and can practice different sequences by using the jump rope, such as practising rhymes or jumping with another person. There are plenty of opportunities to try your jumping and coordination abilities through a skipping rope, and children love to play these games with friends and/or family.
Scooters, bikes or trikes
Anything with wheels is something kids love to play with, and the chance to give them something bigger, like a tricycle or a scooter, will improve their confidence and balance. Try adding stabilisers at first just to get your child used to the feeling of being on a bike or trike, then take them off once they’re feeling confident enough.
Many obstacle courses have the chance to target a lot of different parts of the body, like your arms, legs and upper body strength. Using these will give your child practice in a number of different areas of the body that they can use in multiple ways.