Katie Eggleston DPT, physical therapist at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development, emphasizes that we can improve our health and build motor skills not just in a physical therapy session or gym, but in everyday events and activities already happening around the house.
In April, Katie has ideas about Easter Egg Hunts! This fun family activity can challenge many gross motor skills as an added bonus!
- Squatting to find eggs down low‚Ä¶and then returning to standing without use of hand support on the ground
- Running to find eggs if your family does a ‚Äúfree for all‚Äù race to collect the most eggs
- Dynamic balance is challenged if the egg hunt is outside on uneven ground
- Place some eggs up high for children to stand on tiptoes (or even jump!) to retrieve
- If your egg hunt is indoors, placing some on the staircase to work on leg strength and coordination
- Environmental awareness for building safety, as your child will be scanning up, down, and all around