Sunday, September 26, 2010

Motor Skills

Every child is born with some strengths and weaknesses. If parents find their children's strengths and build on them, through play and learn activities, a method by which children learn through their experiences and develop their skills in a stress-free, comfortable and fun environment, a child's confidence can increase many folds.

Here are a few ideas and activities for infants and toddlers to develop and improve skills and strengths.

Motor Skills
A motor skill is a cycle of movements that merge to generate a smooth, competent action in order to master a specific job. Basically, a motor skill is related with muscle activity or movement of actions. Motor skills can be categorized into two divisions;

Gross Motor Skills
Fine Motor Skills.

Gross Motor Skills
The word gross motor skill refers to the capability usually gained during babyhood and early childhood as a part of a child's motor development. By the time children reach two years of age, almost all kids are able to stand up, walk and run, walk up stairs, etc. These gross movements come from large muscle groups and whole body movement. Gross motor development usually follows a pattern. Gross motor skills include rolling over, balancing, crawling, and walking.

Activities that help develop Gross Motor Development

Ball throwing

Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills are the coordination of small muscle movements which happen with the fingers, usually in coordination with the eyes. The knack which involves the use of hands develops over time, starting with primary motions such as grabbing things and moving them to a position. Fine motor skills involve the capacity required to control the small movements of the hands, wrists, fingers, feet, toes, lips, and tongue.

Activities that help develop Fine Motor Development

Playing with play dough
Putting puzzles together
Threading beads

Studies in primary schools have found that supporting children's physical development have positive benefits on their behaviour and learning. If parents create a fun filled learning environment for their little ones, it can mark a beautiful beginning to a memorable childhood.

1 comment:

  1. Well done girls, I am proud of you... Keep up the good-work, all your post are commendable