Your Kids: Outdoor Activities to Target Motor Skills

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By: Ginger Jones

Motor skills are motions that are carried out when the brain, nervous system and muscles work together. Fine motor skills are small movements; this can be cutting, picking up small objects and holding a spoon. Gross motor skills are the bigger movements; this can be sitting, walking and running – anything that uses your bigger muscles.

Playing outside offers a wide range of motor development opportunities – especially on the playground. As a parent, it can be easy to get tired of the playground, especially when you’ve gone 100 times, but we know our kids don’t feel that way. Children see it as a new adventure each time! All we have to do is foster their creativity and play into the new adventure each time; the swing is now a space ship, the slide is a mudslide down a mountain and monkey bars are hanging vines.

Here are some things you can do on a playground to help develop and strengthen your child’s gross motor skills:

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