Get a Move On – Catching Skills

baseball-ballIn our last installment of Get a Move On, we reviewed 7 tips to help your child’s motor skills in throwing a ball or bean bag. Just as important as throwing – catching! Helping a child’s coordination in catching a ball builds confidence for other motor skills they will learn shortly. Here are 7 tips to get your child catching whatever comes their way!

  • Provide your child with an uncluttered background
  • Always be sure to have your child’s visual attention before asking him/her to catch
  • Tell your child to extend arms in front and with arms slightly bent, have hands facing the ball
  • Start with soft, large, colorful balls and gradually reduce the size of the balls used for catching
  • Provide lots of positive praise and feedback
  • Modeling the skill may prove helpful for your child
  • Challenge each child with variety when they are ready, ensuring success along the way

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This is part of the Get a Move On series – keeping your child healthy through activity and movement.

 

 

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Get a Move On – La, La, La!

Need a creative way to get your child active? Encourage instant activity with the songs you like to sing every day. Why sing?

  • Songs increase physical activity everywhere and for everyone
  • Songs can teach school-readiness skills (clapping, moving, hopping, jumping)
  • Songs are ideal for limited spaces (cars, buses, waiting rooms)
  • Songs can be used as an introduction to a concept or lesson (patience, kindness, love)

Friday Night Dance Party is a huge hit in our home. We often find a kid-friendly station on the radio, You Tube, Pandora, etc and bounce around the house to celebrate the end of another week. The kids also love to watch mom and dad get silly in the kitchen – while sneaking in some cardio – as dinner gets prepared.

But don’t worry. You don’t need a radio or even be able to carry a tune. It doesn’t have to be The Wheels on the Bus or The Itsy Bitsy Spider either. That flashback you keep humming from the 80’s? Your kids will love it! So go on – Sing!