Young children need to develop both their large and their small
muscles. The best way to do this is through fun non-threatening
A fun laundry day game is to let your child practice tossing
rolled socks into a laundry basket. Each time he gets a sock
into the basket, have him step back a step for his next shot.
Continue while interest lasts.
Children seem to love tossing balls through hoops. If you
have a small basketball hoop, encourage your child to practice
often. If you don't have a hoop, try rigging up and old tire
or hula hoop for your child to use.
Preschoolers can develop large muscle control by throwing
just about anything. If you live by a beach, throwing shells
or rocks into the water can be great fun.
Set up a few skill games in your yard. Invite some of your
child's friends or neighbors over for a mini-carnival.
- RING THE BOTTLES
Cut the middles out of some old margarine tub lids
for rings. Then set up some pop bottles (full or empty)
and let your child and her friends take turns trying
to toss the ring over the top of the bottles.
- PENNY TOSS
Set out some plastic or paper plates, on the grass
or floor. Have the children stand back a few feet
and attempt to toss the pennies onto the plates.
- TEDDY BEAR KNOCK OUT
Set a stuffed animal on a stool and let the children
throw a ball and try to knock him over.