Physical development is very important to promote healthy growth in children. It helps build a healthier body composition, stronger bones and muscles. Achievements in physical challenges boosts self-esteem, as children learn to use their bodies independently.
We thought we’d share what each of our rooms have been doing to enhance their gross movements.
The Adventurers are our youngest children, aged 0-2. They are at the very beginning of their journey as they start to explore their own bodies, attempting to roll, crawl, scoot and walk! We make sure we help them grow in confidence to test their abilities as they develop their balance, climbing and running. We love to set out soft play obstacle courses to create fun and challenging ways to test children’s physical abilities.
We see how each child gains independence when they conquer new physical challenges which helps their confidence levels. Younger children might look for adult support when they need to, but, given time and support, they relish the ability to tackle new challenges on their own.
The Investigators children are ages 2-3. They’re starting to learn to climb up and down stairs, kick a ball (but not usually in the right direction), and to jump off a step at this age.
Their confidence and concentration and ability to take on new challenges will grow rapidly in these years. They even become more willing to attempt things by themselves and challenge themselves to attempt new things they haven’t done before.
You will also notice they become more aware of their achievements and will start to show their joy when they achieve.
We set out an obstacle course that included tyres with planks for them to balance across. It also featured a climbing frame and stumps to step on or jump between. The Investigators concentrated and got stuck into the challenge. They also signalled how proud they were to do it independently with high fives all round!
Our Inventors are our pre-schoolers, our eldest children. We encourage them to try new things, take risks and move their body freely.
In one activity, they used their upper body strength sweeping leaves of autumn across the floor and sweep as many leaves as they could across the line to the other side. This involved using arm muscle strength and moving their bodies from side to side.
We’re always encouraging the children to try new things and be proud of their achievements once they’ve completed them!