Gross Motor Activities

Pop the Piggy on my Tummy

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Therapy Corner:

Many of the children that OTs work with have weak core muscles. This includes abdominal muscles and back muscles. It is very important to work on core first as it is the center of ones body. A strong core means stability and we always strive for stability before mobility. In other words, before working on movement such as coordination, balance etc…, we must make sure that we work on building a stable/solid core so that the child doesn’t compensate during movements but instead completes activities with proper form.

Core work is also important for children with handwriting issues. A child with a weak core will use his arms to prop himself on the table as to support his trunk instead of freely using his hands to write. You can now understand how important it is to work on core strength (and why us OTs are always on the search for activities to work on these muscles in a fun way of course! 🙂

When working in prone (on the tummy) not only does your child work on back and neck muscles but he also works on shoulder/scapular strength and wrist strength. Once again, by making the arms strong and stable we are able to ensure more success in the correct mobility/utility of the hand during fine motor activities.

The Activity:

Lay out Pop the Pig Game on the floor.

Place the exercise ball on in front of the game and have your child lay on her tummy on the ball.

Make sure that her arms are extended and that her wrists are flat on the floor and facing forward.

Roll the die and pick the corresponding color to feed the pig by placing the burger in his mouth and pushing at the top of his head to feed him. Continue till his belly pops!

Make sure to give your child plenty of rest breaks and always provide as much support as needed so that correct form is used.

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