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Physical Development

Providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Ideas to support learning at home:

Fine Motor Control (small movements):

  • Allow children to push the straws into cartons.
  • When painting give children a cotton bud instead of a paintbrush.
  • Use a knife and fork.
  • Encourage children to peg washing on the line.
  • Play games that require children to pick up counters such as snakes and ladders or tiddlywinks.
  • Draw around objects and then cut out the shapes.
  • Draw a picture on the computer using a mouse.
  • Experience play dough to mould and shape

Gross Motor Skills (large scale movements):

  • Riding on a wheeled toy such as a bike or scooter.
  • Set up an obstacle course in the garden or park where children must go over, under, around and through.
  • Enjoy yourselves by dancing to favourite songs, either freestyle or through action songs such as I’m a little teapot or the hokey cokey.

Healthy Eating:

  • Model making healthy eating choices.
  • Allow children to be part of the process of shopping for healthy food.
  • Encourage children to be involved in cooking healthy meals.
  • Discuss what effects different foods have on the body.