Children’s work is play. Much is learned through simple games and activities. In fact, play is important in helping children build basic motor skills like running, jumping, throwing, and catching.
Play helps build muscles and aerobic capacity in young bodies. It allows children to release energy and tensions.
Play also teaches social skills. It can increase self-esteem, help strengthen and build attention spans, and improve physical coordination.
To help your child develop basic motor skills during playtime you might consider the following activities:
Use bright, colorful balls when playing ball games because these are easy for children’s eyes to follow.
It helps keep their attention and makes it easier for their eyes to follow the motion.
Use slow, consistent pitches when tossing to your child. Practice makes perfect — for them and for you!
Practice the same skill in different ways to keep your child interested. Run races today. Play tag tomorrow. The skills are the same but the game seems very different. This helps prevent boredom or distraction.
Give brief instructions that are easy to follow, like “Watch the ball.” Long-winded explanations about why it’s important to watch the ball can lead a child’s mind to wander.
Remember that children tire easily, so keep periods of vigorous activity short. When children are young, it’s always better to schedule several short activities rather than one long one.
It helps keep you fresh as well.