,

Fundamental Motor Skills, Executive Function Skills, and Reading

Fundamental Motor Skills, Executive Function Skills, and Reading

Fundamental Motor Skills, Executive Function Skills, and Reading Learning and Individual Differences published research on the association between fundamental motor skills, executive function skills, and reading.  The study included 145 socioeconomically disadvantaged kindergarteners of diverse ethnicity.  Each participant was assessed with the following:  The Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function–Preschool Version to measure executive function skills, PE Metrics™ […]

,

Exercise Interventions for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Exercise Interventions for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Exercise Interventions for Children with Cerebral Palsy Disability and Rehabilitation published a systemic review to determine the effectiveness of active exercise interventions for improving gross motor activity/participation of school-aged, ambulant/semi-ambulant children with cerebral palsy. The systemic review included 34 studies with seven interventions that reported on gross motor function although a limited number studied participation […]

, , ,

Beanbag Alphabet Fun – Gross Motor and Body Awareness Activity

Beanbag Alphabet Fun:  Beanbags are a wonderful tool to encourage physical activity, body awareness, motor planning and coordination skills in children.  They are inexpensive or you can even make them yourself with socks and some rice.  So grab a beanbag for each child and try moving through the alphabet with your beanbag.  You can download […]

, ,

ASD: Communication Deficits and Motor Skills

The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders published research investigating the connection between motor skills (oral-motor, manual-motor) and speech and language deficits.  Data analysis was performed examining a registry from children with autism spectrum disorder  (n = 1781), 2–17 years of age, who completed a multidisciplinary evaluation that included diagnostic, physical, cognitive and behavioral assessments.  After adjusting for […]

, , ,

Groundhog Day Visual & Gross Motor Challenge

Take the Groundhog Day Motor Minute Challenge.  Can you complete all the visual motor and gross motor tasks on this page in under two minutes?  This is quick, NO PREP, warm up activity, brain break, indoor recess or boredom buster for Groundhog Day.  And it is FREE! Woohoo!  We all love free. If you like […]

, , , ,

Winter Challenge – Sensory Motor Activity

Winter Challenge is a fun, NO PREP, Winter themed activity to encourage fine motor, gross motor and visual motor skills.  Just print the black and white page and complete each of the Winter themed challenges.  Can you trace the ski tracks, draw snowflakes, walk backwards, pretend to ice skate, hold snow tube pose and finish […]

, , , ,

3 FUN Elephant Activities to Practice Fine, Gross and Visual Motor Skills

Here are 3 fun elephant activities to play to practice fine motor, gross motor and visual motor skills.  Big bonus – It is actually Elephant Appreciation Day!  Who knew?  Me! Only because I just heard it on the radio.  Haha!  But it did spark a few ideas for the blog.  So here we go: Copy […]

, , , ,

3 Free Animal Printables to Get Moving and Learning

Combine pretend play with physical activity while you move and learn with these free animal printables.  All you need to do is print the activities and you are set to go.  Not only will you be encouraging physical activity, proprioceptive input and body awareness but children will also review math concepts and practice visual perceptual […]