Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Don't stop teaching your kids at walking. Teach your kids to skip, gallop, jump. hop, side-slide and leap too. These are locomotor skills which are important to help children build their confidence and competence – both in sport and in relation to theirgeneral feelings about their body.

It is definitely a fun, interesting and cheap activity to do with your kids in door or outdoor.

These are some tips to help children learn each locomotor skill:
  • Walking: Use smooth, straight steps with arms swinging gently in opposition of feet. Practice different kinds of walks: low with bent legs, high on tippy toes, fast like a robot, or slow like moving through honey.
  •  Galloping: One foot is the leader, and the other foot follows behind. Don’t forget to do both sides! If you do this activity for long periods of time, it helps build up your child's heart health.
  • Jumping: With feet close together, push off with both feet and land on both feet. Can you make the landing quiet? How high can you jump? How many times in a row? This is a good time to try jumping rope.
  • Hopping: With one foot on the ground, push with toes. How fast can you hop? How slowly? Is one side harder than the other?
  • Side-sliding: Move sideways with one foot leading (a sideways gallop). Have your kid spread his or her arms wide and get some air in the middle of the slide.

  • Leaping: Go over an object leading with one foot and landing on the other.
  • Skipping: March with knees high; each time one knee is in the air, hop on the other foot — step/hop, step/hop, step/hop. Skipping helps increase foot speed and muscle coordination

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