Playing With Your Kids: On Improving Their Motor Coordination

There are some cases where kids have a hard time coordinating their eyes with the rest of the body. At these times, they probably are experiencing some motor skill issues thus letting them exert a lot of effort to perform even simple actions like catching a ball. Most kids may be able to do such without even thinking but it can cause strain to muscles as well as their memory.

Let us take playing dodge ball as an example. A child needs to coordinate some actions all at once in order to throw the ball right onto his target. Accuracy is needed here. There is also a need to speculate the speed of the target as well as where the ball should be thrown to hit the target. This is done by kids in a few seconds so it can be very frustrating for kids who lack motor skills. This is also true with playing bean bag toss as well as corn toss game. Kids may be able to judge each other’s capabilities through their motor skills. Unfortunately, some kids who lack this are often looked upon less than others.

Some kids may be able to have great motor skills and seem to have wings on their feet. Yet, a kid will still be able to improve their motor skills with some activities parents can play with them. Here are some.

One of the most common activities for improving motor skills is walking on the line. This is inexpensive and yet an effective way to improve your kid’s motor coordination. All you need to do is to form an arc on the floor using any kind of tape. It should be long enough for your kid to be able to execute at least 30 steps. After which, you should instruct your kid to follow the line by walking along it forward, sideways and even backward. This should be done though in moderation. After some time, you can let your kid carry things for balance such as a tray with glass full of water. Music can also be played to make the activity more exciting.

To help increase a kid’s accuracy, you can do this activity. Instruct your kid to kick a ball into a certain holed area. You can have another family member be a target by letting him spread his feet apart so that a goal is made. Let your kid practice the activity on a routine basis. Have the distance change after some time to successfully increase your kid’s accuracy. In order for the kid to be more interested in the activity, allot some prize when he successfully executes it.

The activities mentioned above will help a lot in increasing your kid’s motor skills. This is not the only benefit both parents and the kids can get. It can also be a form of bonding with one another. By showing your support to your kids, they become more determined to do the activity, thus strengthening your relationship with each other.