What’s the buzz from Children’s Health Queensland?
Hop, skip and jump to it
By Kym Dunstan, Speech Pathologist – Senior, Centre for Children’s Health and Wellbeing
Young children learn with their whole body. Play is important for them to develop movement, thinking, talking and social skills – and it’s good for their brains too.
There are lots of different ways that you can include movement. These include:
Marching, dancing and clapping in songs, rhymes and stories. This helps children to listen out for the rhythms in our words and sentences. Try choosing books which allow you to act out the story.
Obstacle courses help children listen to instructions and practise sequencing and problem solving.
Dances, singing games and games with rules (e.g., The Hokey Pokey: “Put your left foot in…”) are fun activities children can do again and again. This helps them learn to predict and guess what will come next. It also gives them opportunities to remember the order of things too.
Choose a book with actions or songs that encourage your children to get up and move their bodies.