Strengthen your childs motor skills...
...with easy everyday exercises that doesn't require any tools
When your child is between 6-9 months it is important to introduce him to more demanding exercises that strengthens his motor skills, language and learning.
Playing is most fun when you join in.
Somersaults contribute to stimulating your child’s balance. Every time you turn your child upside-down, it develops a greater tolerance for having its head in different directions. This tolerance also contributes to avoiding motion sickness.
Rotations are important for your child’s sense of its own and its internal balance. The more varied the rotations, the better the foundation for your child’s development, since balance is one of the prerequisites for overall motor skills development.
On a daily basis, turn your child head down, preferably letting it end up on its tummy as seen here. This way, you activate your child’s fall reaction where the arms reach for the floor.
Here is a couple of exercises that will develop your child’s motor skills:
- Play “give and take” and practice saying “thank you” and “here you go”
- Singing and talking to your child will strengthen his sense of language
- Stacking bricks strengthens your child’s fine motor skills
- Continue practicing rolling from the back to the stomach and back again. Place an interesting piece of toy slightly away to motivate your child to move
- Exercise both sides of your child’s body by letting the left foot saying “hi” to the right hand and so on
- Give your child a lot of swings and make sure to let him hang upside down as much as possible. This will strengthen his sense of balance
- When your child is learning to crawl it can be good idea to give him a little extra support, by holding your hand under the soles of his feet while he is in crawling position. Alternatively, using anti-slip socks can give your child the needed support when learning to crawl and walk on a slippery floor.
- Place your child on a ball, stomach down and let him alternate between touching the floor with his hans and feet
All exercises is developed in collaboration with motor skill expert Jane Mølleskov Mikkelsen from Sanserytmik.dk