Playtime and the Development of Motor Skills

As a parent, it is fundamental to spend time participating in games and activities with your infant. Recent research has led to the conclusion that developing motor skills during playtime allows the child to become more independent. It is important to take into consideration that motor and cognitive development should be assessed as two connected components within a single system, each dependent on the other and working together to make small steps forward in the growth of your child.

A clear outline of the correlation of motor skills is the complicated process of acquiring language knowledge for a small child. In order to learn how to speak, they have to go through a period of working out how to use their mouths to make sounds. They explore babbling, their firsts words, and finally, they are able to build sentences that will eventually turn into conversations.

Moreover, before language experimentation begins, infants show a lot of arm movements. Interestingly, after they start babbling, infants stop doing these movements as much. The fact that the motor action and the language milestone are so close in time suggests that the two parts of the system are developing together.

This is why we recommend the following activities in order to aid in the progress and stimulation of infant learning experiences through playtime.

  • Tossing and moving toys around: balancing, poking, sorting
  • Crafting: weaving, lacing, painting, tracing
  • Dancing
  • Animal impressions
  • Colorful games: toys and alphabet play cards

Sources

Leonard, Hayley, et al. “Early Motor Skills May Affect Language Development.” The Conversation, The Conversation, 11 June 2018, theconversation.com/early-motor-skills-may-affect-language-development-42200.

Clapp, Tillie, et al. “Promote Fine Motor Skills with 30 Materials & Activities | Hands on : as We Grow.” Hands On As We Grow, 11 June 2018, handsonaswegrow.com/fine-motor-skills-activities/.

G, Anna, et al. “Indoor Gross Motor Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten.” The Measured Mom, 20 Dec. 2017, www.themeasuredmom.com/indoor-gross-motor-activities/.