Busy Bodies Make Brain Waves
Did you know that wiggling on the floor helps prepare a 4-5 month old to crawl and form brain pathways that develop future large motor skills; that skipping rope and balancing on a log support a preschooler's self-esteem; that tossing scarves in the air and skipping in a maze contribute to reading and math skills in a school-aged child?
Physical activity during childhood has far-reaching health and developmental benefits that show up later in life and last a lifetime. By offering an assortment of movements throughout the day, children of all ages can get and stay physically fit, improve motor skills, and develop and fine-tune numerous brain-pathways important for optimal physical growth and cognitive learning.
Include physical activity often during the day to enhance your child care program. Ask a group of toddlers to slowly move like an owl or shake like a puppy dog to help ease commotion during transition times. Ask a group of preschoolers to pop like popcorn to wake up sleeping muscles after sitting during circle time. Engaging often in safe, developmentally appropriate activities that are large and small, loud and quiet, inside and outside, help children grow well physically and mentally.