Research suggests that children with poor motor coordination participate in less physical activity, have higher BMI and are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease than those who have benefited from support in developing their motor coordination.
These formative years of a young child’s life provide a one-off opportunity for creating a positive relationship with movement that will last a lifetime.
When play is deliberate, it helps a child to move through their physical development stages more quickly and with more confidence, meaning they are likely to try new physical experiences and continue exercising and enjoying activities into later life.
Micro Scooters nursery and pre-school product ranges are designed to support the critical developmental stage of 12-36 months. Our Deliberate Play games have been designed for children during this developmental stage, using our products that are best suited for their ability.
HOW TO ASSIST YOUR CHILDS DEVELOPMENT
Introducing the Micro Scooters Play for Life campaign to support healthy physical development based on readiness rather than age.
It’s important not to bracket children’s development by age alone, but rather a child’s readiness to move. Here we guide you through the movement milestones that each child must master before moving onto the next steps.
FUNDAMENTAL PATTERNS PERIOD 1
At this early stage of development your child is mastering their posture and balance, standing up and taking their first steps.
A broad array of movement activities, in a supportive environment gives your child the best chance of becoming a successful, confident mover.
Here are games to help your child develop from Stage 1 to Stage 2
Help your child progress from wobbly first steps to confident walkers with improved posture, balance and co-ordination.
FUNDAMENTAL PATTERNS PERIOD 2
Once your child is confident in standing upright, toddling and picking up a pace, they will start to apply the fundamental patterns they have already developed to specific tasks. For example, they won’t just scoot for scooting sake, they will have a plan as to where they want to go!
How well they do this, will be determined by their engagement in an activity. Try some of the games below for Stage 2 to help their movement skills.
Here are games to help your child develop from Stage 2 to Stage 3
The purpose of Play for Life games at this stage is to support your child in progressing from confident walking to running with purpose. They will help your child to develop core strength and muscle and hone spatial awareness.
FUNDAMENTAL PATTERNS PERIOD 3
Once the toddling stage is over and your child is moving with more balance and co-ordination, they can move onto Stage 3.
They’re now ready to hone their decision making skills and spatial awareness. They are also ready to hone physically, for example their muscles and core strength.
Here are games to help your child develop even further
These Play for Life games help to develop decision making and communication skills. This will help your child hone specific movement skills, required for certain sports and expertise at a later stage of development.
Micro Scooters commissioned research with Brytespark - a team of experts in biomechanics, child development, fitness training, podiatry, physiotherapy and athletics, who combined their knowledge with expert opinion from around the world. The research found that it’s not just movement and exercise that matter. For children to confidently develop their fundamental movement skills, energetic play should be structured, with adult involvement. It’s the type of movement that makes all the difference at this critical stage of development.
We know that many parents will be intimidated by a target of 180 minutes physical exercise per day with a child under 5. That’s why our Play for Life campaign delivers the science behind the ‘fundamental movement skills’ theories, in a palatable way and provides useful advice and games ideas for guided-play that is appropriate for the child’s stage of development.