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10 ways to improve gross motor skills in above 5 year old.

Sia is 6 year old girl . She loves to watch television cartoon shows and sees videos in mobile alot. This is her major time pass. Now a days it's quite the behaviour of kids . I am not saying this is bad habit but set time for screen time and involve the child in physical activities. In this blog , I discuss what are the ways to improve Gross motor skills in children above 5 year old.

Gross motor skills are the action that majorly involves a larger movements like -

Walking
Running
Throwing
Jumping
Dancing
Lifting
Skipping

Two Boys Playing Kick Scooter

Few ways to improve gross motor skills :

1. Take the child to park to play .

  • Allow them to run , walk in the safe places.
  • Make them slide , swing,n go round. It all helps in learning balance.

Girl in White Long Sleeve Shirt and Black Skirt Sitting on Swing during Day Time

2. Climbing the stairs :

Climbing stairs strengthen the core muscles legs and helps in gaining body's awareness and balance.


Man and Two Girls Walking Down on Stairs

3. Riding tricycle :

Riding tricycle is a fun . Get with the wheels for balance and u can remove the wheels for balance around 6 years of age or when child is ready for it. Make sure to take the child on a ride regularly.
Boy Riding Bicycle


4. Trampoline :

Trampolines are good to  develop gross motor skills and safe form too..As the bouncing back impact gets absorbed by the trampoline surface and risk of injury is avoided.
Children Playing on Inflatable Castle

5. Hopscotch :

It's age old game which helps in balance , child learns to stand on a single leg and hop . Additionally, it's calculative game which includes number.
Children's Team Building on Green Grassland

6. Skipping : 

Skipping can be introduced in 6 years of age.


7. Dancing :

Besides learning an art it also helps in gross motor development , group involvement ,personality development.


8. Hide and seek :

Helps in cognitive development too along with gross motor.

9. Water games :

Water games are loved by children . Take advantage of it as it is a lot of fun too. Learning swimming too is added advantage .
2 Girl's Swimming during Daytime


10. Involve yourself in play with your child :

Make children play what we played as young children.. cricket, kabbadi, kho-kho, tennis, whatever the child likes. Less of screen video games and more of outdoor play .
Involve yourself in your child play sometimes :
playing football, riding cycle can be done together.

Man Watching Girl on Monkey Bar



Conclusion :

Each child is different and development of gross motor skills may  slightly vary. These are some of the ways you can improve the gross motor skills. Let children play on field more and on screen less . This contributes to their overall development of physical, mental , social, emotional well being.

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