Working on Gross Motor Skills

Although Children’s health month is coming to an end soon, it doesn’t mean that the fun should stop! We highly encourage that you continue to get your kids active and working on those gross motor skills!

What are gross motor skills?  Gross motor skills are the abilities required in order to control the large muscles of the body that are used for walking, running, sitting, crawling and other activities.

They develop over a relatively short period of time, with most of the development occurring during childhood. Encouraging gross motor skills simply requires a safe, open play space, peers to interact with and some adult supervision.

There are a number of activities parents can have children do to help develop gross motor skills. These include:

  • Activities that encourage balancing (jump rope, hop scotch)
  • Activities that develop hand-eye or foot-eye coordination (baseball, football, soccer—anything that involves catching, kicking or throwing a ball)
  • Hopping with a small object in-between their knees and jumping forwards, backwards and sideways.

October is Children’s Health Month

October is Children’s Health Month and we’ll be celebrating all month long with fitness/health related tips, articles and activities for the whole family on our blog and Facebook!

[Here’s a quick tip: If you like us, you’ll be entered for a chance to win $500 worth of EI products!]

Keep a look out for upcoming posts regarding child health and well-being this month and keep your eyes open for a behind-the-scenes look at our featured product of the month, Magic Moves! If you didn’t know, Magic Moves is all about… MOVIN’! It has your kids shakin’ it up and workin’ it out. What better way to get healthy than to dance it out and have fun with your kids?

 

To kick start the month, here’s a fun fact: Did you know that your heart is about the size of your fist and weighs about as much as a softball? 

Speaking of softball, why not take 30 minutes out of your day to play outside? It’s time to get up and start movin’!

 

Bridge the Gap: Indoor Fun!

If you find yourself inside this summer and you need to burn off some energy, here are some great recommendations that we have to get your kids moving and active inside.

One thing that I used to do with my boys is that we would do a blanket fort! You get some cushions, you get some blankets, put them over the back of a chair, and make some tunnels. It was a lot of fun. They loved it! Another thing you can do is play indoor volleyball with a balloon! Just blow up a balloon about this size and try to keep it up in the air and the goal is to try and keep it from hitting the ground. It’s a lot of fun. Also, you can do freeze dance! Get your favorite music and play freeze dance. Kids love dancing and it’s a great way to keep them really active.

If you want other ideas, we have something called Magic Moves. Now, this is great. It has 90 physical commands and it also has matching music. It’ll even expand their vocabulary with words like “prowl” and “soar”. Let’s not forget games! Board games are a great way to spend a summer afternoon with your little ones. We recommend BBQ Blitz and Sneaky, Snacky, Squirrel!