A new app has been designed to help preschoolers and children develop their motor skills. When you think about child development, it can be overwhelming. Children are developing at a rapid rate, and faster than they will for the rest of their lives, which means work is still being done to see how this development happens and what can help it. (or hinder it). When we think of motor skills, we think of them as something that happens, but children have to work on them. They need to develop their fine and gross motor skills and research is being done to see what can help them.
According to Medical Xpress, a new app has been created to stimulate motor skills in preschoolers. This was confirmed by a study carried out by Pennington Biomedical Research Centerand it can be read in full here.
This work is important because it could also help end childhood obesity, which is a problem in the United States and around the world. This app will teach kids how to jump, jump, run and even throw a ball. These are the basic motor skills that all children need to learn, and it can put them on the path to more intense physical activity.
Amanda Staiano was one of the researchers on the project, and she said that these are all fundamental motor skills, but they don’t come naturally. Children should learn them and they should also practice them over time. It’s not enough to learn to jump, they have to do it all the time, and the app helps with that. The reason it targets preschoolers is that they are at the beginning of their physical activity journey.
Children who are young and lack motor activity do not participate in team sports and other activities. The app works with a 12-week program, and this has led to motor skills increased by 15.5%.
This moved preschoolers from “below average” to “average” in daily motor activity. A marked improvement.
The study involved 72 children between the ages of 3 and 5, and they were placed in two groups. One group had an application based on “free play” and another based on major motor skills. This was done for only 12 minutes a day, but the children in the motor skill group had higher motor skill levels at the end.
Sources: MedicalXpress, AAP