Having Fun with Your Child While Teaching Motor Skills

Parenting comes with lots of responsibility and worry so why not take some time to have fun with your child? If you are the parent of a young child you can combine parenting and having fun with taking time to help your child develop motor skills. Motor skills become crucial in the preschool years as young children prepare for the writing skills they will need later on. By doing lots of fun activities with your child you can help him or her develop their motor skills and bond with them at the same time. Studies show that children are much more likely to learn and grasp a concept if they are doing it through play. So here are some activities that will show you how to have fun with your child while developing motor skills-

Balloon painting-This activity is great for very young children who are just starting to develop motor skills. They will love this type of “coloring�.

What you will need:

Soft foam type balls
Balloons (an adult should blow these up … but not too full)
Containers for paint (large bowls or Styrofoam trays work great).
Water for clean-up.
Tempera or other water-based paint in the primary colors (red, yellow and blue).
Paint smocks or old shirts.
A newspaper covered area or the great outdoors.
Large pieces of paper (rolls of craft paper will come in very handy for this and other activities with little ones).

Instructions for the project: Place the primary paints in separate containers. Children can then dip the balloons or soft foam balls into the paint and smoosh down on a piece of paper. You can encourage color mixing on the paper by adding different colored smooshes on the paper. This can work quite well as an outdoor activity for large groups.

Filter Flowers-This activity will give kids the chance to work on their coloring skills and make a project at the same time.

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