When you are trying to get your shot for the week and your child photobombs.... #mumlife I had a request this week for ‘Facepaint’ week - so I shall be painting neon rainbows 🌈 for all who would like one! See you @pcyc_lang_park
I remember when Isla was little and her constant spinning used to drive this mumma crazy 😥
However, my therapist mind loves Isla spinning because spinning not only promotes vestibular development it also stimulates the part of the brain that is responsible for memory, attention, and executive function.
While we don't want spinning to interrupt the child's day or learning experiences, I do encourage children to practice spatial awareness and improved thinking through spinning :)
Pilates is a practice of balancing flexibility and stability. It’s about creating optimal alignment and posture so we can recruit the right muscles with the best pattering and intensity. Our bodies are very smart at functioning regardless and will find other ways to move despite any issues that arise, our bodies find ways to compensate with other muscles at the cost of our joint health. This is how injuries can occur, how posture can be compromised and development delayed. Put your hand up if given the chance you would have started pilates earlier in your life? 🙋🏼♀️🙋🏼♀️🙋🏼♀️
Just one of the many reasons I do what I do. 💕
We were lucky enough to be sent some of the new @honeystickscrayons. They are all natural plant and mineral ingredients and are 100% safe for children. The size and length of the crayons allow for perfect pencil grip every time (swipe to see Miss 2.5 in action!). This is a great way to develop gross motor movements and the crayons draw so smoothly that younger children will be able to see their marks. If you’re thinking about buying the all natural @honeystickscrayons regular crayons, I’d highly recommend adding these to the cart also!!😉🖍🖍🖍🖍
COOL PRODUCT // .
The @globberscooters Evo 4-in-one scooter has been a favourite of ours for a couple of years ✌.
Swipe ➡️ to see how it converts from a push-chair for babies from around 10 months to a scooter for the big kids. I'm a huge fan of products which are both high quality and serve more than one function! .
Check out my instastory to see Lily in action at the Pump Track, couldn't wipe the smile off her face 😁. .
BALL SKILLS //
It is never too early to introduce ball play. Here are some ideas for 1 year olds... .
⚽️ Sit facing each other with legs wide and roll ball back and forth.
⚽️ Rolling ball to knock over skittles / plastic bottles.
⚽️ Kicking a ball. .
⚽️ Catching a ball sitting down.
⚽️ Throwing a ball into a laundary basket (more like dropping ball in).
As always, break the task down to make it easier and start with soft spikey balls or balloons which move slower through the air.
Roy is 3 years old and working on his balance and lower extremity strength. Vital in the foundation of strength, development and biomechanics. Not to mention the focus and attention he is using throughout these exercises and programs!! Our online program allows kids to practice and develop like this on a regular basis from home. At this age repetition is crucial in development. I have developed these programs for kids so they are engaging and fun as we go on our ‘Pilates’ adventure. 💪🏻
Ask children aged 5 years and over to stand up tall and copy your movements.
Tap your right knee with your left hand and then your left knee with your right hand 10 times on each side.
See if the children can cross their arms across their midline like the top left image.
Typically children who find this activity difficult (top right image) may also find it difficult to put their shoes on, write their name large, and climb a play ladder.
Share your findings below.
Kids love to swim and splash in the water, and we therapists love it too for the fact that...
💧Buoyancy provided by water assists kids to move their joints through full range of motion. .
💧 Water turbulance forces kids to use postural control muscles. .
💧 Water resistance promotes muscle power without excessive joint loading. .
💧 Vestibular system is stimulated through constant changes in head position. .
Perkembangan Motorik Kasar
Motorik kasar adalah salah satu milestone yang menjadi momok ibu ibu. Karena motorik ini mudah diamati dan juga dikomen sama ibu ibu lain.
Secara garis besar, kemampuan perkembangan anak ada 3 ya, motrik kasar, motorik halus, dan kemampuan sosial dan bahasa. Tenang bukkk manti kta bahas satu satu beserta contohnya.
Nah apa pentingnya kita tahu milestone alias perkembangan dari umur ke umur pada motorik kasar? Karena setiap kemampuan motorik yang dicapai saat umur itu akan berguna untuk membantu mencapai kemampuan motorik yang lebih besar. Contohnya tengkurap bolak balik itu langkah dasar buat merangkak, nah merangkak langkah awal buat merambat, merambat pangkal berjalan, berjalan pangkal berlari, dan seterusnyaaaa.
Jadi kita berikan stimulasi untuk mencapai milestone yang diharapkan.
Yuk coba simak, milestone motorik kasar gimana?
Motorik kasar pertama kali adalah HEAD CONTROL
• Usia 3 bulan dapat mempertahankan posisi kepala jika kita pangku
• Usia 6 bulan dapat mengangkat kepala ketika telungkup dan udah bisa noleh kanan kiri
KEMAMPUAN DUDUK. Bayi usia 6-8 bulan harusnya sudah bisa duduk tanpa bantuan. Kalau usia 9 bulan bulan, datang ke dokter untuk evaluasi yaa
KEMAMPUAN LOKOMOTOR. Bayi usia 10 bulan sudah bisa merambat rambat perabotan sekeliing rumah. Usia 12 bln 50% bayi udah bisa berjalan mandiri. Kalau 18 bulan belum bisa jalan sendiri, datang ke dokter untuk evaluasi yaaaa
• 3 tahun udah bisa lompat, berdiri satu kaki, bisa mengayuh sepeda
• 4 tahun bisa seimbang berdiri satu kaki beberapa detik, naik turun tangga satu satu kaki, bisa mengayuh sepeda dengan roda bantu
Sumber : oxford pediatric
Children should be able to jump with both feet at the same time on the spot at the age of 4 years.
Children should be able to jump with both feet in a forward direction (like this photo) at the age of 5 years.
I often get asked by teachers "what does jumping have to do with reading and writing". A lot actually... Jumping uses the part of the brain called the cerebellum. This part of the brain is responsible for our gross motor skill of balance, as well as focus, concentration, and attention.
Children who typically find it difficult to jump and balance, may also find it hard to focus and may be easily distracted in the classroom because their cerebellum is underdeveloped.
So learning to jump on the spot and jump forward is one of the crucial skills needed for the development of children's focus and attention skills.
Want to know more? Download the free pdf using the link in my bio.
ANIMAL TRACKS HUNT🐾
For our first #letsmoveandlearn Tuesday, we had some fun with animals! This one took about 10 minutes of prep and his enjoyment was worth every minute!
I printed out pictures of five different animals along with a few copies of each of their tracks. I taped the animals pictures to the wall along with a ziplock bag with a picture of that animal’s tracks underneath. Then, I cut up the other tracks I had printed out and hid them around the house. This little guy would find a set of tracks and then move like that animal to go put the tracks in the matching bag. He had so much fun flying, slithering, and hopping around the room! Such fun for animal recognition, vocabulary, matching, and of course, gross motor!
Looking for more ideas on how to incorporate more MOVEMENT into your little one’s learning and play? I’ve teamed up with an awesome group of ladies and we’ll be sharing new ideas for how to get kids moving and learning every Tuesday! Follow along with our hashtag #letsmoveandlearn to be inspired and share your own activities! Meet the rest of the team:
STANDING PRACTICE //
The skills of pulling-to-stand and opening kitchen drawers seem to go hand-in-hand at around 9/10 months. .
Instead of putting child-locks on all drawers, give your baby a special drawer of their own (at waist to shoulder height). It will allow for them to satisfy their curiosity and practice some dynamic standing while they play. I filled mine with some safe kitchen utensils and plastic bowls and toys. .
Our drawers have the soft-close function so they are less likely to jam fingers but you can always place a tea towel or stopper in there so they can't shut all of the way for safety 👍
Gross motor development is the progression of using large muscle groups for activists like crawling, walking, squatting, running and climbing. These progressions occur at a wide range of ages. Although we need not compare our child’s development to the other kids in our mothers groups, friendship groups or schools as they will generally all find their way it is important to understand that with each progression, a whole new range of opportunities to develop are there for them. The rate that they achieve these milestones will effect other areas of development. For example once they are mobile they can move around and explore things that were once out of reach. This increases independence and confidence increasing their opportunity for social and emotional interaction and development. It produces opprtunities to push the boundaries, reach things that they aren’t supposed to and keep all of us Mummies on our toes!