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Motor Skills Development



What is it?


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  • Participating in a variety of physical activities
  • Demonstrating control, coordination and balance in gross and fine motor tasks
  • Developing healthy habits and safety awareness at home, in school and at public places

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Why is it important?


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  • Lays the foundation upon which more complex motor skills are built upon
  • Affects physical fitness, agility and coordination, which in turn influence children's health and mastery of self-help skills
  • Provides a natural context for children to develop understanding of various health and safety practices

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The Parachute Toss


What can you do with newspapers, tape and a towel? 

Make newspaper balls which your children can use to roll, toss, kick, throw and catch. The good thing about newspaper balls is that they do not bounce far when they fall to the ground.

The children can even use the towel as a “parachute” to toss the ball. This allows them to practise their gross motor skills in a fun and enjoyable way!
You would need…
Newspapers, masking tape, scissors and a towel
Here's how...
Crush some newspaper into a ball.
Here's how...
Use masking tape to hold the shape of the ball and to prevent it from falling apart.
Children can...
Roll
Children can...
Toss, throw and catch
Children can...
Kick
Use a towel to play Parachute Toss…
Get the children to think about how they worked together: What did you and your friend do to toss the ball as high into the air as possible?
Use a towel to play Parachute Toss…
Get the children to think about how they worked together: What did you do to keep the ball going without dropping it?