Children love playing with balls of all shapes and sizes. And with good reason: balls are great for group play, organised sports or just playing by yourself. They are also suitable for a variety of age groups (from babies to children and even adults).
“Queenie” is an old, but timeless game, which children genuinely enjoy playing. When there is a large group of children it can get quite noisy and chaotic. Exercise their focus skills with this activity.
Children gain a great deal of enjoyment from playing in the sandpit. Scooping, pouring and moulding aid the development of their fine motor skills, while digging and raking assists their gross motor skills development.
“Skittles” is an excellent outdoor activity that helps develop children’s cognitive and fine motor skill. It can also get competitive, so the children may keep themselves entertained for hours.
Children are fascinated with sponges - especially when they are wet. Sponge throwing can get them outside on a nice day and keep them entertained while developing their fine motor skills.
Many cultures, including some of Australia’s Indigenous communities, have strong weaving traditions. Weaving is an activity which requires fine motor skills development, creativity and focus.
“What’s the Time Mr Wolf?” is a great game to play outdoor, but if it is raining it can also be played in a spacious indoor area.
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Mothercraft nurse, Chris Minogue, answers one of Kinderling Radio listener’s question on how to keep their child safe on the ground.