Large Muscle Coordination
The ECLE manual contains numerous activities to use to
enhance a child's large muscle coordination. A few examples are listed
Children follow brightly colored tape in the shape of zigzags, lines
and circles. Someone must pick up the child's feet while he/she walks
on his/her hands. This develops upper body strength--especially the
pectoral and dorsal muscles.
Materials Needed - Red, yellow, and blue masking tape.
Hop Like a Rabbit
This activity requires the children to jump on both feet which leads
to hopping on one foot and skipping. This activity also requires
endurance. Place paper feet cut from construction paper on the floor.
Have the children hop like rabbits and follow the farmer's feet to his
carrot patch. The children should continue to hop around the room
following the path. At the end of the path the children could nibble
on carrot sticks.
Materials Needed - Construction paper cut in the shape of the
bottom of a shoe. Also, carrot sticks for those who make it to the
end of the path.
Scissor Step on Low Balance Beam
Up, Up, Up
This activity develops eye-hand coordination skills. Provide
each child with a balloon. Have the child hit the balloon in the
air. The child should keep the balloon from falling to the floor.
Provide enough room for children to move without colliding.
Materials Needed - A balloon for each child. Note:
Supervise carefully any activity that involves the use of balloons by children.
The rubber can lodge in a child's throat.
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