Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Practical Life: Carrying for Gross Motor Skill and Coordination Development

As soon as your child can walk, he or she will want to follow you and join in whatever you are doing.

Try introducing a simple carrying exercise as a precursor to more formal Practical Life exercises later.

Here is one idea:
1. When you have a number of things that are light-weight and not breakable to carry, ask your child if he or she would like to help you. For example, carrying towels to the washing machine.
2. Your child can carry the towels one by one and put them in a basket by the washing machine. Towels are great because they do not need to be carried any specific way (unlike, say, a bottle that will spill).
3. You can start with a pile of five or so towels and see how it goes.

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