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Large Motor Skills
There are many different materials and activities that can be utilized to help young children develop large motor skills. As you begin to develop activities for your children, keep in mind that young children of the same chronological age often function on many different developmental levels. As the teacher, you need to observe each child carefully to see how you can adapt the activity to meet his/her individual needs.
The most important thing to remember is that children develop large motor skills just like every other skill – at their own rate and their own pace. Your responsibility is simply to provide them with a variety of materials that promote development in this area through daily activities.
Play a simple game of Simon Says with the children in your group. Give the children directions for motions to do that develop large motor skills. For instance, “Simon says run in place,” or “Simon says hop on one foot.” As the children attempt each motion, observe to determine their level of development. For instance, some may be able to hop on one foot while others may not. This simple game (which children love) provides a great opportunity for you to observe each child’s level of large motor skill development.