Fine motor skills

Slalom

(video with courtesy of Dominique Chiquet)

Educational objective

  • Work simultaneously on movement speed and balance.
  • Development of proprioception and racket control (The Pancake griddle).
  • Make the child acquire independence and make him perform several tasks at once to enable him to sectorise his actions (The Scale).

Equipment

  • 6 cones (or 6 stakes).
  • Rackets, foam balls and goggles for each child.

Action

  • Put 6 cones (or 6 stakes) in the playing area, each one meter apart.
  • The floor being slippery, the child evolves into socks.
  • The child goes back and forth as fast as possible in side strides.

Evolutions

  • Move cones away from each other (easier) or closer (harder).
  • Add a target to aim at the end of the trip.
  • Combined with a work of the upper limbs (The Pancake griddle, The Scale, …).
  • In dual race or relay.

Fine motor skills

Hurdle race

(video with courtesy of Dominique Chiquet)

Educational objective

  • Work simultaneously on movement speed and balance.
  • Development of proprioception and racket control (The Pancake griddle).
  • Make the child acquire independence and make him perform several tasks at once to enable him to sectorise his actions (The Pancake griddle).

Equipment

  • 6 cones.
  • Rackets, foam balls and goggles for each child.

Action

  • Put 6 cones in the playing area, each one meter apart.
  • The floor being slippery, the child evolves into socks.
  • The child goes back and forth as fast as possible, always passing the same leg over each cone.

Evolutions

  • Move cones away from each other (easier) or closer (harder).
  • Make sure there is enough space between the cones to keep the child’s rhythm.
  • Combined with a work of the upper limbs (The Pancake griddle).
  • In dual race or relay.

Fine motor skills

Relay with balls

(video with courtesy of Dominique Chiquet)

Educational objective

  • Development of precision and of movement speed with a task to be completed at the end of the race.
  • Have the child acquire independence and make him perform several tasks at once, to enable him to sectorize his actions (the Boiled egg combined with the Chinese hat).

Equipment

  • 5 cones, 5 balls, basketball or volleyball.
  • 10 cups, 10 foam balls, 1 cup (Chinese hat) and goggles for each child.

Action

  • Put 5 cones in the playing area, each one meter apart.
  • Let 5 balls on the ground, in the nearest corner.
  • The floor being slippery, the child evolves into socks.
  • The child takes a ball and places it on top of the 1st cone and so on.

Evolutions

  • Move cones away from each other (harder) or closer (easier).
  • In dual race or relay with 2 lines of 5 cups and as many foam balls (the Boiled egg combined with the Chinese hat).

Fine motor skills

Jumping

(video with courtesy of Dominique Chiquet)

Educational objective

  • Strengthening muscle tonicity and concentration.
  • Support foot research, balance and mobility control.

Equipment

  • Goggles for the child.
  • Jump course: 1 noodle for the start, 3 sets of steps (different heights), 1 lying cone, 1 basketball, 1 big plastic beach ball, 1 square cushion, 2 hurdles consisting of 2 cones with a relaxed rope, 1 balance cushion, 1 noodle for the arrival.

Action

  • Build a varied jump course on the playground.
  • The child evolves in shoes.
  • The child cross over all the obstacles by jumping, except for the balance cushion.

Evolutions

  • Bounce a ball through the playing area to distract the child during his course (harder).
  • Lower the height and size of the obstacles (easier).

Fine motor skills

The race in eight

(video with courtesy of Dominique Chiquet)

Educational objective

  • Strengthening muscle tonicity and concentration.
  • Movements variation so the child is not limited and restrictive in his races of future player.

Equipment

  • 2 cones.

Action

  • Put 2 cones each 1.5 m apart on the playground.
  • The child evolves in shoes.
  • The child performs loops as quickly as possible in side steps between and around the 2 cones, so as to draw an eight.

Evolutions

  • Move cones away from each other (easier) or closer (harder).

Fine motor skills – Trajectories

Race and throw

(video with courtesy of Dominique Chiquet)

Educational objective

  • Work on movement speed with a task to be completed at the end of the race.
  • Arm speed dosing and accompaniment of the ball.

Equipment

  • 1 cone and goggles for the child. Balls (squash, racketball, table tennis, tennis, pala, paleta, foam, etc).

Action

  • Place 3 cones each 1.5 m apart in the front wall, install a base filled with several types of balls, 4 m behind the midline or the throwing line.
  • The children evolve in shoes, each one has a cone.
  • The child goes back and forth as quickly as possible between the base and the midline, from where he throws each ball (from below) towards his cone.
  • When balls supply is exhausted, the child whose cone is the most filled, has won.

Evolutions

  • Throw with the non-prefered hand (harder). Use one type of balls (easier).