Today's children often suffer from problems that are due to an acute lack of exercise. With selected motion games that anyone can do at home or in the garden, you can address them specifically.

help with movement games body and mind on the jumps

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Many children have movement deficits. Learning difficulties are often the result. Since children need exercise, graduate educator Constanze Grüger has put together some active games, through which the body and the mind of children is encouraged. With stories and simple, everyday things that everyone has at home, so parents can practice with their children targeted individual skills.

gross motor skills

Schleuderball

Target group: immobile children, powerless children, aggressive children
Older: from 4

Material:

  • old stocking
  • Tennis ball
  • hoop
  • newspapers
  • duct tape

Place: garden

Manual:
The adult covered gymnastics tire first with a paper sheet which is fixed with adhesive tape. The tire is now with a cord on a road or the like tied. In the old stocking the tennis ball is stuffed and secured by a knot from falling out. Then you put together determine a label. The child touches the end of the stocking and then throws the ball of a mark by the tire.
This certainly does not succeed right the first time, because you have to try to be in what position the spinning ball is released, so that it reaches its destination as well.
Variation: The adult also has a spin ball and now the child and the adult always sequentially try to throw through the hoop. The winner is the one who manages to blow up the newspaper.

fine motor skills

The Laundress

Target group: clumsy children, immobile children
Older: from 3

Material:

  • clothespins
  • Stoffreste
  • clothes basket

Place: Nursery, garden, yard

Manual:
The adult and the child playing washerwomen, where a big mishap happened. In their work they have put all the clothes in a basket that has a hole, and now all the clothes are scattered on the road to clothesline. The adult and the child distribute all rough edges or z. B. Tissue and stockings, which must anyway be washed on the floor. The washerwomen now take a laundry basket "no hole" and collect all the clothes back into it. For this they do not use their hands, but hold a clothespin in his left and right hands, so they can pick up the laundry.

Variation: If this game takes place in the garden or courtyard, then very easily also the cord can be stretched, then all laundry items to be stapled to the still.
Variation: For older children, you can transform this game into a betting game. The adult and the child will each receive a laundry basket in which only they are allowed to collect inside. At the start both start to collect as many clothes as possible, but while they may only carry one. But picking up a piece of laundry with two clothespins is allowed. Those who want can always pretend only one hand per pass, which must be used. So a passage to the left, then a passage with the right. At the end of each passage, the garments are counted in each laundry basket and can be determined who is the more strenuous laundry woman.

The crocodile Game

Older: from 4

Material:

  • clothes peg
  • rope
  • bowl

Place: nursery

Manual:
The bowl represents the feeding area of ​​the crocodile, which is located in a corner of the nursery. The adult binds one end of the rope z. As the chair leg in about 30cm height. Then the clothes pegs are put on the rope. The other end of the rope holding the adults in his hand and stretched it. The child is the crocodile crawls to the rope and there is always a staple withdraws with his mouth and brings them to the feeding station. But the crocodile always brings only one clip. Let's see how hungry this crocodile is and how fast it brings all the clips to the feeding station.
In this game, the gross motor skills is of course also very trained, but with the removal of the brackets with the mouth fine motor skills is a lively pace.

balance

slip towel

Target group: clumsy children equilibrium disturbed children, hyperactive children, inattentive children, perception disturbed children
Older: from 3

Material: towel
Place: flat

Manual:
The adult spreads the towel on the floor. The best way is a floor with tiles, laminate flooring or parquet. The child sits on the towel and adult holding the towel tightly to two corners. Now he takes the child through the apartment. Here, please take care that is first drawn evenly, because particularly the young child can not as well compensated jerky movements. Unlike older children, it just makes the ride fast corners and sudden braking from the thrill of the game!
Variation: In the apartment toys are such. As stuffed animals or building blocks or other everyday objects distributed. Now the child has to pick up the task during the Rutschpartie the items. The the collected objects are simply placed with the cloth. This modification is particularly suitable for older children.

concentration

MagicPearls

Target group: clumsy children, responsive weak children, hyperactive children, inattentive children
Older: from 4

Place: nursery

Manual:
The child imagines that fly around MagicPearls in the air. If you inhale these tiny beads, then give them strength and energy. So the child can breathe this magic pearl, it must inhale deeply through your nose and exhale through the mouth. It always turns slowly with closed eyes a little bit on its axis, so that it can breathe from all directions spell beads.
Parents should this MagicPearls breathe also like. Then you can tell each other how to deal with the MagicPearls now fühlt.Variante: Some children have it better when it lie still on a warm blanket and just be aware breathe.
If the air is very consumed, please open the window!

Tracks in the snow

Older: from 6

Material: Snow in summer Sandy
Place: Courtyard, garden

Manual:
The child leaves his feet footprints in the snow, in the summer in the sand. The adult dictates what is to "write" the child. That may or may name who knows the child individual numbers and letters.
Variation: A little more difficult this game is if the child can only go backwards.
Variation: Individual letters and numbers, can write the child with his eyes closed.
Variation: For slightly older children, you can modify this game so that they should write mirrored.
Variation: The child should not go, but hopping on one leg, then the child can train his skill and his balance simultaneously. Here, the child should hop on the left leg and then on the right leg again. If the tracks in the snow next to each other, the child can compare these very well. In this game, as more levels of difficulty can be installed as described above.
There also is no reason why, when the adults tried once in this game, with its many variants. Games in the snow not only make the little fun!

perception

feel bag

Target group: cramped children equilibrium disturbed children, responsive weak children, aggressive children, hyperactive children, inattentive children, perception disturbed children
Older: from 3

Material:

  • dark handkerchiefs or rags
  • various natural materials

Place: Nursery, garden, yard

Manual:
The adult spreads two handkerchiefs or rags in front of him. Now he always puts a little bit of a natural material in the middle of the two cloths. These materials may include: nuts, shells, straw, stones, acorns, chestnuts, coffee beans, rice grains, etc. The ends of the sheets are knotted so that the material can not fall out. If all canvases are filled with natural materials, these are mixed and spread before the child. The child now has the task of finding out by feeling the purse pairs. When all pairs have been formed, the towels are opened for inspection. Variation: If no dark handkerchiefs or opaque fabric scraps are available, then the child safety blindfolded with a bandage.

The good observers

Older: from 5
Place: Children's room, courtyard, garden

Manual:
The child and the adults sit opposite each other, so they can see each other. Now they watch the Partners for about 1 minute exactly then both turn around and change three things about her appearance. When both are finished with the transformation, they turn back to each other and now both must find the three variations of the partner.
Variation: First, only the adult changed his appearance and the child has to guess the changes.
Variant: The number of changes can be raised in older children, as well as the level of difficulty.

reaction

The sea monster

Target group: cramped children, awkward child, responsive weak children, endurance weak children
Older: from 3

Place: Courtyard, garden

Manual:
The child plays the fish swimming in the sea. The adult is the sea monster that is trying to catch the fish. First, the fish swims in the sea, that is the child moves in the garden or yard for the following commands that gets the sea monster:
"The sea is calm" - the child tiptoes
"The sea beats light or high waves" - the child bounces a little, or high.
"The sea is stormy" - the child runs zigzag
"The tide comes in" - the child makes swimming motions with his arms
"The tide is coming" - the child runs away quickly, because at low tide the sea monster rises from the depths and wants to swallow the little fish.

In the younger children first meet three commands to remember the child. The older the child is, the more commands can be accepted. Probably the child himself has another idea for one or the other command.
The adult varies the commands to train so responsiveness even more. Perhaps the child after some time would again be the sea monster, then there is a role change.

endurance

tail catching

Target group: anemic children, endurance weak children
Older: from 4

Material: rope
Place: Garden, yard

Manual:
The child is holding a rope in his hand, which is a little mouse tail. An adult should try to catch the little mouse because it has nibbled his bacon. The little mouse starts to smack and when the pawn noted that a mouse gnawing at his bacon, he tries to catch the little mouse by stepping foot out of its tail. The little mouse loses its tail, the rope slides through the child's hand, and the roles are reversed.
This game is very good for endurance weak children, as they when they need a little break and can no longer run, also just turn in circles or make wavy lines with the rope without equal lose their rope.

water caterpillar

Older: from 5

Material: Balloons, Cord
Place: garden

Manual:
Several balloons are filled with water, a little up and knotted blows. These are bound in a row on a cord, so that at the end of a small caterpillar arises. The adult runs out and pulls the water bead along behind her. The child is now trying to trample barefoot all the balloons until the bead is empty.
This is a very nice water feature where the whole family has fun and can take a dip.

coordination

hoop-la

Target group: clumsy children, immobile children
Older: from 4

Material:

  • 2 chairs
  • Einmachgummis
  • Paper plate
  • rope
  • note
  • Scotch tape

Place: Children's room, courtyard, garden

Manual:
First, the two chairs are stacked on each other, so that seat is on the seat. This show four chair legs upward. In a very short distance the cable is laid. Now in the paper plate large circles are cut so that quoits arise from them. The child turns to toss rings on the mark with the rope and the locking collar tries to throw in the chair legs. Depending on the distance can be reduced or increased to the chair.
Variation: You forgive each chair legs points. For this purpose, the scores 10, 20, 50 and 100 are each written on a small notepad and secured with a piece of adhesive tape to the chair leg.
Variation: For older children the game will be even more difficult if they do not throw the stable cardboard rings, but take Einmachgummis. The distance should not be too far selected.

skill

target throw

Target group: clumsy children equilibrium disturbed children, inattentive children, perception disturbed children
Older: from 3

Material: 1 egg box, 10 Chestnut
Place: Nursery, garden, yard

Manual:
The egg box is situated about 1.5 meters away from the mark. The child has 10 Chestnut available, each to be thrown into one of the 10 eggs slots. It is now trying to throw in a trough of the mark from a chestnut after another. The adult rolled the child back the chestnuts that are not landed in the egg carton sind.Bei older children should be increasing the distance from the child into the egg box.
Variation: Instead of chestnuts Also marbles or nuts are very good. You can also mix different materials, if there are no tens disposal of some sort.
Variation: A particular difficulty get this game if you play it with a rubber ball, which must touch the ground before the egg box only once.

Elephants on peanut hunt

Older: from 4

Material: clothespins
Place: Courtyard, garden

Manual:
First, the children are the elephants and grab a hand to his nose. The other arm is then inserted through the gap of the arm that contacts the nose. The adult place in arm height of the child a few clothespins clothing. These pegs are the peanuts like to eat the elephants for their lives. And already, the Elephants have seen the peanuts and run after them and try the peanuts with their "trunk" deducted. Any peanut is eaten immediately by being stapled to the top of the child's abdomen. The elephant continues to run behind the adults until all peanuts are eaten.
In this game, you can not run quite as fast as the difficulty is rather to intercept the brackets over using only one hand. Thus, the focus of this fishing game is on skill.

Relaxation

mucki test

Target group: cramped children, awkward child, perseverance weak children, aggressive children, hyperactive children, inattentive children, perception disturbed children
Older: from 4

Material: blanket
Place: nursery

Manual:
The child is relaxed with his back on a blanket and arms are relaxed beside the body. The eyes are closed and the adult tells a little story:
The little bear so much want to be included in the Bears sports team, but as all bear children must take an exam in advance whether they are because even strong enough. This is the Mucki test in which all the muscles are checked whether they are because even strong enough. Before we start with the test, listen only to how it works. I always call a body part that you shall tense. I'm counting on 200- 400-600-800 to 1000. At 200 muscles stretching them only very little, at 400 even more and at 1000 so tight you can.
So we start with the left arm. Please tighten to 200 ....... 400 ....... 600 ..... 800 ...... and now to 1000. Keep the tension for a moment and now again slowly relax 800 ...... .... 600 ..... 400 ..... 200 and 0. you can now loosen the arm slightly and shake gently. Now is the right arm turn. (This spans the child, the various parts of the body and relaxes again). Now the test is completed, and since all the muscles work very well, the bear is included in the sports club. Rub out your eyes, stretch out and stretch yourself and slowly come back to you. "