Improving Physical Development
So you want to nail this whole parenting thing, but often feel overwhelmed by it all. We’ve created some fun and simple activities that you and your child can explore together, to help boost their development! Remember that being a parent is a wild ride and we have tons of resources to help you feel more confident!
Gross and fine motor skills, balance and eye-hand coordination are necessary for many tasks from writing to athletic abilities and more. The earlier you engage with your child’s physical development the better!
When your toddler is involved in physical activity, he/she is exercising many parts of the brain and enhancing brain function. Even the smallest muscle exercises like finger plays stimulate brain growth and improve development.
1.) Bubble time!
Let your little one chase the bubbles that you make. Bubbles are fascinating, and chasing and popping them are a ton of fun! You can use a big wand, and then a small wand to make her see the difference between big and small bubbles.
Try making shapes as the blow the bubbles and ask your child to say the names with you. Create a circle of bubbles for them to run through, zig zag lightning bubbles, ocean wave bubbles…… get creative!
This game stimulates your child’s senses, and their body movement makes this a wonderful activity for exercises their gross motor skills.
2.) Play the freeze game!
A great indoor (make sure you have enough space) and outdoor activity that will get your child moving, following directions, and improving their fine/gross motor skills! This game is not only great physical exercise but an incredible mind body connection game.
Start the game by giving your child a task like (move like a frog) and tell them that while the music is playing you must keep moving/dancing like a frog, and as as soon as the music stops, they must FREEZE! You should keep giving them new ways of moving each time you pause the music, and make sure to get silly and creative!
Some of our favorites are: become a sloth and move in slow mo, roll on the floor like a rollie pollie ollie, jump around the floor is on fire! and move like the waves of the ocean. Bonus points for joining in on the fun and dancing around with your kids!
3.) Sing along time!
Learning with and interacting with music has a lot of benefits to the growing brain. Benefits including spatial-temporal reasoning, promoting language acquisition, listening skills, memory improvement, motor skills and more! Musical experiences integrate different skills simultaneously, thereby developing multiple brain connections.
Sing nursery rhymes to your toddler or use a song from one of their favorite movies. Use hand movements, gestures, and clapping while singing. You can even create a bit of “choreography” for children ages 3+ where you take the chorus of a song and make up a series of movements that you repeat each time the chorus is played!
For those aged 3 and under use simple nursery rhymes like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Row your boat, Itsy Bitsy Spider, If You’re Happy and You Know It, and Wheels on the Bus and more!
Head Shoulders Knees and Toes is an especially good options for teaching children anatomy (you can point to the body parts while singing) in a fun and exciting way!
Congratulations!! You’ve just found three fun things you can do with your children that are:
~Promote family/child bonding
~Improve child development
Remember that you are capable, strong, and have us here at db rooting you on. Keep an eye out for more content and video coming soon!