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Teaching Aids for Kindergarten PE Curriculums

Uncategorized Jul 26, 2017

 

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 child will achieve.

Using teaching aids

Using teaching aids is one of the best ways to expose children to a stimulating environment, develop motor skills and facilitate putting together PE curriculums.
The best way to grab your little ones attentions is to place colorful toys in front of them. All kids love toys, and the right ones are very beneficial.
When parents buy toys, they're rarely thinking about whether this is going to be great for their child's motor skills to develop an optimal foundation.

Awareness

Most parents and coaches are not even aware that toys and teaching aids play a significant role in children’s motor skill development. However they are one of the keys to children’s motor skill development, research finds.
The right toys or teaching aids can enhance children's development, making their playtime more fruitful than you think but still tons of fun.
Toys/teaching aids are especially important when you consider children that are premature, low birth-weight or have a condition that could impair motor skill development.

Academic versus physical development

In our opinion, there is too much emphasis in the early years on skills gearing towards academic success. We highly suggest putting at least an equal amount of emphasis on teaching aids that develop motor skills and promote physical activity at a young age.
Teaching aids that develop motor skills not only assist in the physical development, but also develop the brain.

To have a well-rounded development you can’t neglect developing motor skills that build the foundation for being physically active, often for a lifetime. It will come back to haunt children in the future sooner or later, be it academically, self-confidence, ability to focus, to sleep well, maintain health...

We would look for toys, games, teaching aids that

  • encourage physical activity
  • cater to all motor skills (rhythm, orientation, reaction, balance, differentiation, hand eye coordination and physical activity). E.g. if your child loves balls, e.g. get a speed ladder to develop rhythm or EZ steppers for Balance. If your child favors dancing, get some balls to learn throw and catch; the more varied, the better.
  • encourages interactive play with other children especially when they get older.
  • are age appropriate or they lose interest very quickly.
  • inspire creativity.

To see how we use all these teaching aids in our PE lessons

 What we use

Carpet/rug

Balance Disc

Balance Bench

Bin

Broom

Balloons

Balance Beam

Cart

Card Boxes

Cloth Pegs

Cones

Plastic Cups

Dodge Balls

Drink Coaster

Foam mat

EZ - Stepper

Fishing net

Foam frisbee

Exercise mats

Hoops

Floorball/Unihockey

Soft landing mat

Mini-net

Monster clomper

Noodle

Pop up goals

Post it

Parachute

Rackets

Juggling scarves

Rope

Slackline

Agility Ladder

Sport-Launcher

Stacking cups

Stepper

Tambourine

Targets

Car tire

Trampoline

Kick-Flipper

Scooter

Active Swing Wheel

Set of rings

Fishing Net

Butterfly Extendable Net

Fly Swatter

Push Cart

Bean Bags

Pedalo

Pet bottle

Table

Target Mat

Toy Car

Color Dice

Disc Cones

Number Dice

Foam Roller

Hurdles

Small Bins

Tunnel

Parrot hat

Chinese Jump Rope

Marbles

Round Laundry Basekts

Chalk

Orka Whale

Pullback Race Cars

Play Food

     

Balls:

Basketball

Mini Basketball

Small Beachball

Larger Beachball

Gymnastic Ball

Medicine Ball

Racquetballs

Small Foamballs

Large Foamballs

Coated dodge balls

Small rubber balls

Foam soccer ball

Reaction ball

Table tennis ball

Hopper

Moon Hopper

Mini gym ball

Franklin ball (for soccer)

Soft mini american football

Juggling balls

Squash balls

Indiaca/Peteka balls

Badminton Shuttles

Unihockey balls

Mini volleyball

Omnikin Balloon Ball

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To see how we use all these teaching aids in our PE lessons

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