How does play promote physical
Play allows children to try out and practice new skills.
Children need opportunities to develop upper body strength
by pulling themselves up and hanging, by swinging, by
rolling balls and throwing bean bags. They need
opportunities to strengthen their lower bodies by jumping
Parents can encourage children to try different physical activities, but should not pressure them. Give them opportunities to practice and different challenges. Ensure their safety but do not overprotect them. Parks are great places to allow children the opportunity to use their large motor skills. Play equipment should be big, sturdy, and encourage activities like balancing, crawling through, hanging, and climbing . Equipment that encourages construction and rhythmic movement is good as well.
Source: ParentLink, 4-H/Youth Development, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009