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Basic Motor Competencies in Kindergarten: MOBAK Assessment Test

Increasingly, the question arises about learning outcomes of physical education. Early in the school year is a great time to run a test if you have or want to see where your students stand.
MOBAK is a curriculum-based motor skill development assessment test.

It is by far the most practical and relevant assessment test in our opinion and with 8 challenges very easy to implement.

Most important, it looks at which basic motor competencies enable children to play an active part in the culture of sports and exercise.
Meaning that Dr. Herrmann and his team were looking at what skills are needed to participate in the most common sports like soccer, gymnastics, athletics and many more
rather than a succession of random physical tests.
The 8 challenges were then designed according to these skills needed to facilitate participating in these sports, rather than some physical tests that are of little relevance in performing common sports.

Playlist of the 8 MOBAK motor...

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PE Curriculum for Kindergarten Age Children with 10 Top Sport Games and Activities

Pool Noodle Games for P.E and Motor Skill Learning

Mosquito Tag Game

Hula Hoops for Kids PE Curriculum for Kindergarten Age Children

Hoop Dance

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Cone Tree

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Physical Education Curriculum Guide for 3-7 Year-Olds

The Motor Skill Learning System for 3-7 year-olds

  1. Stages of development
    1.1. Stages of development
    1.2. Why motor skill development is important
    1.3. Importance of early movement experiences
  2. Versatility for optimal learning and fun
    2.0. Why Talent is Overrated
    2.1. Versatility for optimal learning and fun  
    2.1.1. Advantages of versatility-oriented 
    sports activities
    2.2. Optimal learning & fun 
    2.3. A balance of 7 skills, Motor Skills to coordination to sport-specific skills
  3. Game-based approach
    3.1. Games based approach versus drills based approach  
    3.2. Deliberate play
    3.3. The importance of free play
    3.4. Enriched environments & Incidental moments
  4. Story
    4.1.Increase participation through stories
  5. Bigger and better brains
    5.1.Bigger and better brains
  6. Conclusion

1. Preface


Beliefs and actions in a new approach to children’s skill development

1. To understand children’s physical stages of development to better being able to...

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Typical Stages of Physical Development for Children


A summary of how children’s skills typically emerge over time and where the development of fundamental motor skills fits in. Why it is a critical building block for children to be able to participate in all sports later on in life.

If children skip one of the stages, in particular the early development stages 2-4, they will greatly limit their potential down the line. Keep in mind that the age ranges (hence the titles) are overlapping which depends greatly on children’s development so far.
Even at a very young age children's speed of development can be up to 18 months apart.

Stage 1: Newborn to 1 year: Birth to Mobility

By about 12 months of age baby’s strength and balance have improved to the point where they are able to walk.

Stage 2: Age 1 to 3 year: Mobility to Basic Motor Skills

From the age of 1 to 3 years children’s increasing mobility skills make way for them to have experiences that develop simple fundamental motor skills (throwing away,...

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Teaching Aids for Kindergarten PE Curriculums


There is now a vast amount of scientific research that shows that increased stimulation generally results in improved neurological function which controls motor skills. There is equally compelling evidence to show that if a young child is placed in a deprived environment and left there for an extended period of time, it is almost certain that its physical development, growth, and brain function will be adversely affected.

Stimulating environments

A young child needs to be placed in an environment where its senses are going to be appropriately stimulated, and where there is space and opportunity to practice and repeat its gradually developing motor skills.
By ensuring that children are exposed to a rich sensory environment, parents and coaches will be directly influencing the motor skill & brain development of their children.
The variety and richness of stimulating environments children are exposed to and genetics determine exactly what level of motor skill development a...

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