Physical Abilities Using Large Muscles: Getting Young Children Ready to Learn
Part of being ready to learn means that young children can control the movements of their bodies. Children who can control their large muscles and physical movements are less likely to hurt themselves when playing. They may also have more chances for social play with other children. Children who can hop, skip, run and climb can find many ways to entertain themselves and enjoy play with others.
Children develop these skills at different rates. Most children can learn these skills if they have the chance to practice and the encouragement of caring adults. Children do not automatically develop good physical skills. They require maturation and practice. For example toddlers donít have muscles mature enough to be able to skip. Most preschoolers can skip, but they need practice to skip well.
To develop good physical skills, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers need the chance to be physically active every day. Ideas for developing large muscle skills:
For additional information request University of Missouri Extension Guide Sheet GH6118.