Physical development explained and why it's so important for your child!
Your child will grow and develop rapidly in their first five years across the four main areas of development. These areas are motor (physical), communication and language, cognitive, and social and emotional.
Young children undergo rapid and wide-ranging physical and psychological developments in their early years which contribute to their future health and well-being.
Physical development contributes to cognitive development – as children move and explore the world they learn about the properties of objects and their own capabilities.
In the early years children are establishing patterns of activity which will affect their whole future.
Physical development can help with the maintenance of a healthy weight and the development of strong bones, muscles and heart.
It is widely believed that physical development can also help with the development of personal and social skills such as self-confidence, interaction, taking turns, getting along with others and so on.
So what do we actually mean by physical development and how do we ensure kids are developing properly?
Physical Development is developed through different types of physical activity. This can be either structured or through play and is normally developed through activities revolving around the ABC’s (agility, balance and coordination)
Teaching in schools we are seeing more and more children not have the core fundamental motor development/skills to perform simple tasks. Without these skills they fall behind or are unable to make the right choices later on in life.
So what do we mean by motor development?
Gross motor development refers to physical skills that use large body movements such as jumping, running, throwing etc
Fine motor skills are necessary to engage in smaller, more precise movements, normally using the hands and fingers such as writing.
Fine and Gross motor skills create the building blocks for all physical activities.
We don’t just mean going for a run or kicking a ball about. We mean writing, sewing, typing on the computer, walking up the stairs, using different tools… the list goes on.
By the time children reach 6 years old they should be able to run, jump, hop, skip catch, throw and kick a ball. Each of these skills can be transferred and used in combination to play different sports and activities. This gives children the chance to choose healthy active lifestyles.
Providing structured fun, educational and creative physical activities such as Mini Monsters Boxes provides children the ideal chance to develop both gross and fine motor skills through activities focusing on the ABC's, which are so important in everyday life.