Doctor Durso from Keepskidshealthy.com says one of parents greatest concerns is their childs gross motor development (for example hand-eye coordination). This guide aims to alleviate your concerns and help you get on with enjoying activity with your child as they develop at their pace.
So is coordination affected by genetical or environmental factors? As a father of two young boys it seems both. Some children are just naturally gifted at catching a ball. Others are not. That is genetics. While others develop good catching skills because their parents love playing ball sports so they play ball with their children. That is environment. I am told my boy Zac is very coordinated, kicking a football well at 3. Is this genetics? Partly. But Mum and Dad play footy with him a lot. So again I think it is both.
The key thing is don't get hung up on comparing your child with others. Genetics we cannot change. It is out of our control to change our childs natural talents. But we can control the environment. So be encouraged and get out and enjoy the following activities with your child. Given I have two boys these are biased toward boys, however a lot of girls will enjoy them too.
- Bouncing on the trampoline
- Digger / Excavator in the sandpit making quarries (Our Digger on eBay)
- Sand castles with decorations - great skill is to install the flag without knocking the castle down
- Soccer or football
- Throwing and catching. Start with a softball to minimise face blows
- Riding a bike. Try starting with a balance bike
- Scooter. These are great starters because they are low to the ground
- Drawing and colouring in. Keeping the pencil inside the lines is a great development activity
- Totem tennis. Saves having to chase the ball.
Have a great time watching your child development and keep fit yourself.