July/Aug. 2011 - Developing Fine & Gross Motor Skills in Your Child
CF Staff Report
Experts tell us that the basis for a lifetime of physical activity begins in early childhood – if we get our kids engaged in a physically active lifestyle very early in life, it increases the chance that our infants and young children will develop and grow normally.
But what is the right age-specific physical activity for healthy brain development and healthy bodies? Early motor skills form the foundation for early learning and language development. It can be as simply as exercising our children’s legs and helping them to jump up and down and roll around…being physical rather than just sitting in toddler chairs.
Also, physical education forms the basis for later sport, dance, exercise and physical activities.
Learning to care for one's health begins early and continues throughout life. Parents and caregivers should encourage healthy practices in daily routines by teaching safety and protecting children from injury, providing nourishing foods, and facilitating ways for infants and children to be active and stay fit.
There are good books at the local library on early children development and physical exercise that you can take out and read for free. Read and share with friends, or set up a play group with other Moms of toddlers who also want to focus on physical activity of the children, together.
Early guidance can help a child develop and grow normally, and have the energy to engage in learning activities. Teaching children healthy habits such as healthy food choices, hand washing, oral health practices and recognition and avoidance of safety hazards sets the foundation for a continued active and healthy lifestyle. If you have questions, don’t be afraid to ask questions of your pediatrician or the staff at your local health facility.
We know from experts that the physical activity of infants and young children support brain development and the child's ability to become a successful learner, too.
Children use their bodies to explore their physical world. Early motor skills form the foundation for early learning and language development. "All children birth to age five should engage in daily physical activity that promotes health related fitness and movement skills,” according to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.
Children are enthusiastic about moving their bodies in different ways. They are eager to demonstrate their strength, balance, muscles and coordination skills. Take them to the playground, and encourage their activity.