Gross Motor Skills – Large Movements to Build Strength
Whilst children are growing and forming new muscles it is important for them to use a whole range of movements; from tiny finger controls to bigger sweeping motions. This is important for building coordination skills, strength and muscle control which helps in lots of areas, for example holding a pen or pencil, using scissors and throwing a ball.
Today we wanted to focus on the larger movements so invited the children to paint on the easel with small brushes and sponges. We used the block paints so they had to add water and stir to generate the colour, and large pieces of paper to allow stretching actions.
We make sure there are no chairs available at activities like this so to encourage movement and self help:- going to find new colours or brushes and change dirty water .