Play for preschoolers can be a key to building the links between body and brain.
With a daily goal to provide a safe place for physical activities for youngsters, a caregiver knows that:
- A free and open space must be inspected before use.
- Equipment that allow children to climb off the ground demands adult monitoring.
- Basic guidelines for starting and stopping motion should be mentioned to child.
- Cautions for avoiding collision need to be highlighted.
Kids will follow your modeling for simple moves:
- Making the body small while standing in place.
- Figuring our how to jump from one dot on the ground to the next.
- Trials at hanging from a horizontal bar, with both hands.
- How to climb a ladder to the top of a slide.
- What to think about when getting ready to slide down the slide.
- How to stretch your legs as one arrives at the bottom of a slide.
- How to pump your legs, together, while swinging.
Many simple steps, to adults, are small moments of confusion for youngsters.
Take the time to talk your children, thought the careful use of a playground. The goal for you is safety, whereas, your child desires: independence and self-directed fun!
Both aims can be achieved with a careful interaction of words, watching one another: your monitor the action and the child will model their movement patterns upon your own actions.
With a few good cue words and some initial guarding of actions, a trip to the playground can bring:
- Fun and fitness
- Elevation of heart rates and oxygen use
- Knowledge of body control while in motion.
- Balance development
- Exploration of personal abilities
There is a set of Movement and Sports Training Manuals that will provide you and your child -or- if you are a teacher, a curriculum of basic and fundamental tasks and skills for preschoolers to master: in the KidSKILLS Series. These Manuals are available in print as well as in eBook format for:
The importance of daily physical activity during the dynamic brain cell growth periods of toddler and preschool years...must be understood.
Fundamental movement skills bring body awareness of what the body can do:
- Swing and swaying
- Twisting and turning
- Rushing and pull with the limbs
- Bending the limbs and torso
The transferring of body weight while:
- Locomotor skills
- Rolling and sliding
- Balancing on the ground; on one leg/foot
As well, children must explore their play space by trying to move at different levels: low, high [tip toes], medium. Adding some qualities of movement adds expressiveness to play. Trying to move in " new ways" brings creativity to placing moves in a row: motor sequencing.
That ability: to place a series of movements into a series: build the motor memory as well as cultivating the brain's capacities to sequence multiple commands within the neurological system.
The whole process of trying moves during PLAY displays the wisdom of:
- Move to Learn
- Learn to Move
- Learn to LEARN
At the Kidskills web site, you will find more ideas to building kids brains and bodies.