The importance of the game in developing the child's motor skills

The importance of the game in developing the child's motor skills

From childhood we tend to assign games a strictly entertaining role. However, there is a close connection between the beginning of an early physical activity of a child and the motor skills that the child develops later. Initially, this connection was only noticed, often, during the analysis of children's behavior. Over time, however, the specialists demonstrated it through observational studies involving children from the age of 2 years. The conclusion? Games have an important effect on children's motor skills, being the main physical activity in which they participate.

What are, in fact, motor skills? Well, this is a generic term that refers to fundamental movement skills, object control, stability factors and, last but not least, reaction speed. Countless sporting activities and games such as running, jumping but also catching or throwing objects require some well-developed motor skills that will allow the child to participate in them. So, we can say that the games and the time the children spend practicing will have a fundamental influence on their physical development.

With the inclusion of games in the list of activities that contribute to the harmonious development of small children, child care specialists have noticed a worrying fact. More than half of preschoolers (under 6 years) most often spend under an hour a day playing. And, in fact, more worrying was the fact that the lack of activity observed in young children is maintained in the school child and in the later adolescent. So, insufficient physical activity from childhood becomes a predictive factor of subsequent motor skills.

But we can go even further. Specifically, specialists have noted that a child's motor skills influence his or her cognitive, social and emotional development. Therefore, my recommendation is for each parent to make sure that the little ones participate in games that involve moderate and even sustained physical activity for as long as possible. Because, after all, playing is more than just fun.

Fun and sports, in the NERF Camp

Probably one of the most fun activities where little ones can do a lot of movement playing outdoors is NERF camp. Here, children have the opportunity to play and bond with friends with other 30 children of their age, participate in team games and take part in creative workshops that will put their imagination in motion.

How do you send your child to NERF Camp?

All you have to do is to purchase one or more NERF blasters on which the campaign sticker is displayed. Keeps the tax receipt, writes the unique code on the sticker on www.tabaranerf.ro and accumulates at least 200 points. You can earn a double seat for your child and a friend of his in the NERF Camp, plus 500 other instant prizes, such as blasters, and special NERF equipment: volleyballs and tennis paddles!

Article written by Cristina Tipluica, pediatrician

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