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Excerpt — Perceptual-Motor Activities for Children With Web Resource

Helping children develop to their full potential through perceptual-motor experiences

Educators who want to help children develop to their full potential must educate the whole child by addressing physical, mental, and emotional needs. Many programs at elementary schools focus on academic and emotional development, but how many address children’s physical development?

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Develop skills through fun bilateral activities

Jump over the noodles, taking off and landing with both feet. Each time you jump, say a letter of the alphabet starting at the beginning. Continue in alphabetical order and see how many times you can say the whole alphabet in three minutes.

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Develop laterality, locomotor skills, and motor planning

Using jump ropes or tape on the floor, create a series of lines in a pattern similar to that of spokes on a wheel (see diagram). Place active learning cards (in any order) in each space between the lines.

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Develop locomotor skills, motor planning, and spatial awareness

Do grapevine (crossover) steps from cone to cone. Along the way, touch each cone and say the letter shown on the card for that cone.

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