Liebler: Simple stuff
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While some great athletes and performers may be born with more natural talents, the greatest of them become the best through repetition, repetition and I repeat – repetition of activities that give them their skills.
The average 2-5-year-old could become a great dancer, juggler or ballplayer by simply repeating certain activities with simple stuff like scarves and bean bags.
Here are some of the basic activities you can do with two scarves, small towels or pieces of cloth.
1. Put one of them in one hand and move it up and down, side to side, big circles, small circles and in figure eights.
2. Put the scarf in the other hand and repeat the same procedure.
3. Hold both scarves with both hands and swing them up and down, then like a baseball bat and a golf club.
After showing your children the many ways they can move their scarves, put on some music and encourage them to dance and be creative with their movements.
Scarves are also one of the most practical objects to use to help a child learn to throw and catch. Here’s a simple progression of activities to help them develop the hand-eye coordination to learn basic handling skills.
1. Toss it in the air and catch it with both hands.
2. Toss it in the air and catch it with the same hand. Be sure to do this with each hand.
3. Toss it in the air with one hand then catch it with the other.
4. Hold two scarves and toss one then the other.
Start with these basic steps and keep repeating – repeating and repeating and you will keep your children will keep moving and improving!
Scott Liebler is the founder of Move to Improve and Funsical Fitness for early childhood development. Move to Improve is a program sponsored by Summit Head Start, Early Childhood Options and funded by the Summit Foundation. For more information on this program call (303) 902-4985 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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