Stopping quickly?

Can your kid: control a quick stop from a run?

Stopping a basic ability: The active play skills that are critical to active play times, are the abilities stop motion. Once in motion, a child must understand how to arrest action.

As a preschooler develops their ability to walk and run, they also begin to understand and demonstrate the skills needed to stop and start. This develops the skills kids need to manage their bodies while in motion.

In this post, I suggest that you follow a really simple format of practice to give the child the pattern of following directions. Build into this session are a few lessons on safety in moving and developing care in using a start and finish position for physical education lessons.

Lots of sports activity demand awareness of object avoidance as well as maneuvering while in motion.

Preschoolers play

The ability to bring a active run to a stop requires strength in a child’s legs and body. Most often a youngster will accelerate to their fullest speed and then decelerate to stopping on a dime!

The demands of stopping include:

  • the strength to keep shoulders even, no tipping to a side
  • the leg strength to bend at the knee and yet maintain a stand
  • the visual awareness to avoid contacting another person or an object

Practice times, to bring your child some skills as well as provide active play:

  1. Mark a START line and a FINISH line in a safe area.
  2. Explain that you will say:  ready! set! GO! to begin the action.
  3. Require that all running goes from start place to finish spot:  no reversing line of travel.
  4. Have child place their toes behind the START line.
  5. SAY: Ready, Set, GO. Add the drop of your arm to give an added visual cue for the child.

Make a race of this practice time with another child. Just make certain the children run, side-by-side: with no touching between children. Learning how to maneuver while part of a group is a very important ability. Object avoidance is the term for this ability.

Repeat this task as it is enjoyed!

Want to develop these play skills?

Make play times opportunities for you to serve a your child’s first teacher. Look around at this web site. There are lots of teaching hints and simple lessons to try.

Make each trip to the playground’s open space: another step in guiding your child in their building process: for fundamental movement mastery.

There is a basic sequence that children can follow to develop their abilities. This sequence includes:

  1. Kid skills that are done in place: balance, weight shifting, foot use
  2. Kid skills that initiate movement: moving RIGHT along the supporting surfaces:  use bare feet when safely possible.
  3. Starting and stopping motion: initiating action and controlling the body.
  4. Getting off the ground!  Locomotor skills: walking, running, jumping, hopping, leaping, galloping, sliding.
  5. Developing some level of conditioning and strengthening [age appropriate].
  6. Handling objects: manipulation of ropes, hoops, balls, scarves, wands, bats, racquets, frisbees in a safe manner.

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