Friday, 22 April 2011

Climbing

 Why do we encourage climbing at Head Start?
Kids love to climb!

Do you remember the days when kids used to play on the bars at school, or climb trees? Climbing is so great for strengthening the muscles in little peoples arms. Climbing is called a gross motor activity, because it requires big muscles to move in general movement patterns (as opposed to small fine movements that would be fine motor skills). These type of exercises are great for improving the control of all of the muscles around the shoulder.
This is important when it comes to doing things like writing, catching and throwing. Without a strong base to start from,  kids will struggle to do fine motor tasks like writing.
So next time you are at the playground, help your little ones up onto the bars or climbing wall....keep them safe but let them explore!
The Head Start Team

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