Games such as playing ball, jumping rope and blowing balloons may seem simple to the eye. However, many games played by children actually serve their sensory needs. “Ordinary” games, which are easy to power and useful, improve children’s hand-eye and body coordination, and provide them with sensory stimuli. Most of the games played outdoors are beneficial for both social-emotional development and muscle development and strengthening of the skeletal system. Games using various skills also contribute to the development of intelligence.
Although throwing and catching the ball may seem like the simplest game in the world, it is a very important activity for coordination skill. Children use different skill sets to catch the ball with their hands or feet. “At what age can children throw and catch the ball?” The answer to the question is 5 years old. Children often do not master the skill of throwing and holding balls until the age of 5. Hand-eye coordination is important in this activity and it takes some time to develop this skill. To improve your child’s ball playing skills, you can gradually move away and use balls of different sizes and degrees of hardness. Changing their feet and kicking the ball is also a great exercise for your child’s right brain-left brain use.
The benefits of cycling are unmatched
Whether it’s a 3-wheeled, balance bike or two-wheeled bike, the bike is a great tool for kids to develop gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination. To balance on the bike, the child uses several muscle groups at the same time. Bicycle also contributes to the socialization of children. In addition, jobs such as bicycle repair, removing safety wheels, learning safety rules, learning to ride a two-wheeled bicycle both support problem-solving skills and increase family members’ communication with each other.
While it may seem simple, blowing bubbles is a skill that preschoolers can master over time. With the lips in the right position, children can only blow at the right speed to create a bubble after repeated attempts. Most children cannot master blowing bubbles until they are 3 years old. Holding both the bubble wand and the bottle at the same time is a skill waiting to be developed for the child. Making and blowing bubbles is a game that is also used in kids yoga lessons. Activities such as feather blowing and balloon blowing are common in children’s yoga classes to raise awareness of breathing in children.
Hooping became quite fashionable in the 80s and then lost its popularity. A fun and calorie-burning exercise for people of all ages, turning a hula hoop is also a great exercise for children. Hula hoop, which has an important place in the sport of rhythmic gymnastics with the name of “hoop device”, can be used in many different ways as you will be inspired by this sport. Jumping through hoops, passing from one hand to the other, tossing and holding – after paying attention to safety, of course – is quite fun and instructive! Here is a game that can be played with a circle; Make a track by placing multiple small circles on the ground. Race to finish in the shortest time by jumping from hoops to hoops on one leg. You can also use the hoop as a basketball hoop.
Although handcrafting and painting at home is a daily activity for almost every child, carrying artistic works outside the house turns into a very different experience for the child. Your child can use a few colored chalk to draw a picture of an outdoor floor. If you find a suitable area, you can draw a hopscotch board with chalk, a race track for toy cars or a maze for dolls. Large areas provide great opportunities for children to paint, doodle and color as they like.
Educational and healthy: Taking a walk
Although walking may seem monotonous, on the contrary, it is a very rich activity. Going for a walk with your child, especially if he has a younger sibling, offers you a chance to spend time alone and provides a real observation environment for the child. To turn walking into an educational activity, examine the surrounding shops, power poles, paving stones, cars, trees and street animals in more detail than ever and ask your child questions about what he sees. If you have a suitable environment to give your child a sensory experience – for example, if you are in a garden – you can make them feel different textures with the soles of their feet by making them step on the floor with bare feet.
Children can usually start skipping from the age of 5-6. However, that doesn’t mean he can’t try skipping at an earlier age. Before supervising a complex skipping game for your child, you can do a few small preparations. Lay the rope on the ground and ask him to jump over it. Then raise the rope gradually. Skipping rope both strengthens the leg and abdominal muscles and helps active children to throw their energy. It becomes one of the games that children can play together from the ages of 7-8.