Thursday, June 7, 2012
Being a nice day today, the preschool class in which I was working decided to go to the playground to play. I brought a ball outside to throw and roll to the kids to work on their eye-hand coordination and strengthen their arms. Very few of the kids were able to trap a ball thrown slowly at them. Most of the kids did nto even watch the ball as it was coming at them. In speaking to the teacher and aide, we all agreed that kids these days don't spend enough time outside doing these types of activities. It is so important that kids get outside for gross motor play! Catching and throwing a ball works on many skills, including eye-hand coordination, bilateral hand use, sequencing, motor planning and attention. All kids can benefit from playing with a ball. Get outside and play ball!