Help your youngsters build their list of skills

with these Practice Drills

Play skills include the fundamental elements of movement:

  • Locomotor steps
  • Body control abilities
  • Knowledge of the affects of gravity, balance and motion
  • Body management: control and maneuvering

In  the span of a youngster’s childhood years, the responsibility of nurturing their abilities to move rests upon the parent and caregivers.

Making time and selecting educational training programs for these goals, need not be difficult. Once a parent [who serves as the child’s first teacher and coach] can comprehend the role of the various kid skills in the whole picture of educating the child, that teacher can provide, on a daily schedule, a series of opportunities for improving and developing abilities.

The need to enroll in classes or organized activities is NOT necessary. But having an adult who understands the basic components of a fundamental movement foundation and proves daily opportunities for active PLAY is very important.

Skill development during Physical Education Drills for:

  1. Jumping practices
  2.  Ball handling practices
  3.  Rope jumping
  4. Hanging by hands or knees, safely.
  5. Exploring various locomotor steps: walking [low/high, tip-toe], running, skipping, leaping, hopping, galloping, sliding, leaping, jumping.
  6. Rhythmic activities: using a beat to coordinate movement and brain connections.

With all the limits on a parent or caregiver’s time, there is a tendency to believe that a child will naturally ‘pick up’ the fundamental movement experiences, during casual play times.  This belief is not a valid one for several reasons:

  • Place spaces are less accessible in many living settings.
  • The fear of abduction has reduced the freedom to allow children to play out-of-doors, unsupervised.
  • Frequent transporting of children in vehicles to play sites, school or for family errands: has reduced PLAY TIMES.
  • Options for engagement for children: screen times….reduce time for active engagement.