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Playing Outside Games

Some of the skills they will likely develop are:

  • development of gross motor skills: walking, running, jumping, hopping, galloping, skipping, balancing, climbing, ball skills, riding a bike, swinging a bat to hit a ball, kicking a ball, throwing and catching, bowling, digging, etc

  • increased hand eye coordination

  • increased strength

  • increased agility and maneouverability

  • increased stamina

  • improved posture

  • development of game specific skills

  • fine motor skills

  • increased levels of physical fitness

Children Running

Some Social Skills Linked to Outdoor Play

  • turn taking ability

  • perseverance

  • the ability to follow rules of a game

  • accept losing

  • turn taking

  • sharing space

  • learning to win graciously

  • self-esteem and confidence building

  • social skills: cooperating to play a game

  • enjoyment

  • learning to lose graciously

  • encouragement of others

  • learning to accept differences

Kids Playing Soccer
Kids Playing

Some Language Linked to Outdoor Play

  • climb: over, under, through, beneath, behind, in front, higher, lower

  • run: fast, faster, fastest, slow, slower, slowest, turn, race, chase, around, behind, in front

  • skip: step over, step, hop, flick rope over your head, both

  • dig: deep, deeper, deepest, bury, unearth, decorate

  • line up: make a line, behind, in front, move forward, next to, beside, 

  • turn taking: before, after, nearly, time is up, change over, completed, finished, begin, start, your turn, next, later

  • throwing & catching: hard, harder, hardest, soft, softer, high, higher, highest, low, lower lowest, goal, target, repeat, move further away, come closer, over arm

Check out how many opportunities physical activity provides for the use of prepositions

Playing Soccer

Confidence Builds with Skill

For more Ideas to help build your child's skill levels return to: Things to Do With Kids

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