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Phyical Active Play - Korikori

In the Rising Stars room the children have been showing interest in physical activity. Climbing, riding bikes and scooters, running, walking, jumping, crawling, rolling, dancing are some of physical skills that the rising stars children have been displaying.

As infants and toddlers grow, their determination to master movement, balance, and fine- and gross-motor skills remains strong. Rolling and crawling, walking, running and jumping occur as infants and toddlers develop ski...lls in using large-muscle groups.

Infants (birth to age 1) and toddlers (ages 1 to 2) grow quickly; bodily changes are rapid and profound. Physical development refers to biological changes that children undergo as they age. Important aspects that determine the progress of physical development in infancy and toddlerhood include physical and brain changes; development of reflexes, motor skills, sensations, perceptions, and learning skills.

Motor skills develop in conjunction with physical growth. In other words, infants must learn to engage in motor activities within the context of their changing bodies.

Benefits of regular physical activity for infants and toddlers include: large muscle development, healthy bone development, gross motor skills, sense of individuality, strength, endurance, flexibility and feelings of accomplishment and independence.

Promoting physical activity in early childhood forms the basis for a lifetime of active living!
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