Starfish Therapies

May 4, 2012

Using Gross Motor to Learn Letters/Numbers/Shapes (Kinesthetic Learning)

Filed under: Developmental Milestones — Starfish Therapies @ 12:00 pm
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When kids are moving its a great opportunity for them to learn.  A lot of times we do it naturally by having them count as they jump, or ask them to jump or stand on a colored circle so they are having to process cognitive information while moving.  Another thing we’ve been doing recently is using letter, number and shape outlines made of tape on the floor and having kids move through them.  For instance, we have a kiddo who we are trying to get to visually attend while walking and we decided to work on letters at the same time.  Since his name starts with an N we made a big tape N on the floor and had him walk it as if he was writing the letter.  You could expand on this depending on their gross motor level by having them hop or skip or do forward rolls along the tape.  Its a great activity for practicing how to form letters/numbers/shapes as well as incorporating a gross motor skill that you are working on.   Also depending on the level of the kiddo you can have different objects that begin with the letter or pictures that you have placed along the lines and they have to name them.  Or they can come up with words that begin with the number.  The possibilities are endless!  We’ve been having fun experimenting with it.  Best of all the kids find it fun because the activities and tasks can change depending on the letter or number or shape you are  using.  This is just a larger scale version of all the tactile ways to work on writing (i.e. shaving cream, sand paper, etc).

What have you done that is fun with this kind of idea?



1 Comment »

  1. Wow, love seeing these ideas pop up – we’ve been using them for years!!! We drive cars and trains on the letters, we put PECs that start with the letter on the letter, we put plastic eggs on the letter, plastic animals that start with the letter and on and on and on. This week we’ll track the letter with a cotton ball – an unusual sensory experience. These are just a few of the things we’ve done, the more we do, the more ideas we come up with. So FUN!!! My preschoolers never seem to tired of these painter tape floor letters – I catch my little one walking the letters every chance he gets. Thanks for sharing your ideas – I’m always looking for new ones.


    Comment by mamajoyx9 — May 15, 2012 @ 1:29 am | Reply

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