Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6Building Large Motor Skills Developing large motor skills helps build core strength for sitting—and stamina for academic tasks. It also strengthens hand eye coordination, which is essential for reading and writing. Here are some ways that you can help develop your child’s large motor skills. Go outdoors  Play catch in the backyard  Practice jumping rope or hula hooping  Have fun running, skipping, and hopping  Play hopscotch on the driveway  Play backyard games such as Freeze Tag  Kick a soccer ball back and forth Provide an indoor play space  Put on some music and have a dance party  Play games like “Twister” or “Simon Says”  Have your child practice lifting a knee and touching it with the opposite hand (crossing the midline helps with brain development)  Do jumping jacks Make exercise a family affair—take a nature hike or enjoy a family bike ride. Also, set a good example by making physical activity a part of your daily routine.