Fun Kinesthetic Games to Improve Gross Motor and Perceptual Skills
This 81-page digital document includes 5 different games and activities to print and play:
- Dance Moves: a fun rhythm oriented way for a child to develop motor planning skills, and bilateral motor coordination while practicing laterality.
- Toe Typing: a creative movement game for children to practice balance, body scheme, academic skills and more!
- Bunny Hop: an engaging way for children to practice skills such as balance, motor planning, sequencing, and right-left discrimination.
- Treasure Map: a fun movement oriented activity that teaches children the concepts of laterality and directionality, as well as spatial relationships and position in space.
- Street Smarts: an imaginative way to help children learn laterality and directionality skills.
Many children have difficulty developing a mature body scheme, and this skill plays a crucial role in children understanding how their body moves in relation to their environment. It helps them coordinate and sequence new motor skills.
Children with a poor body scheme often appear clumsy, because they have an undeveloped internal concept of where their body is in space. They may struggle using two sides of the body in a coordinated manner or have delays in establishing hand or foot dominance. It is often hard for these children to remember right from their left, which makes the following of directional cues frustrating. It can be challenging for them to judge distances when organizing their written work, which often leads to illegible printing. These children also have difficulty with letter reversals or numbers such as b, d, 6 or 9, or will miss-sequence the letters or numbers such as writing “hte” instead of “the”, or “586” instead of “856”.
Because children integrate knowledge more fully when they can experience it in a fun and meaningful manner, each of the therapeutic activities included in this book addresses components that are important in the development of a mature body scheme. Instructions, a list of targeted skills, pictures, and cue cards are included for each of the activities. In addition, suggestions are provided on how these games can be adapted for various developmental levels. The games can be set up to be played at home, or in the classroom as a sensory break. Finally, the activities can also be altered to target the core curriculum. Watch your children experience how fun it can be to improve these skills!
About the Author Mary Moynihan
Ms. Mary Moynihan is a registered and board-certified OT with 38 years of experience in the field of pediatrics. She has worked in a variety of settings including a neonatal intensive care unit, developmental education centers, early intervention and preschool settings, as well as public schools and clinics. Ms. Moynihan has instructed Oral Motor Feeding Modules at the University of Pittsburgh and given in-services at public schools.
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