Physical Development in Early Childhood: How Does It Happen?
It’s the law of nature that growth and development happen only if there’s movement. Perhaps it’s in a macro, cellular or molecular level. Whichever is the case, if there’s no movement naturally there will be no growth.
It’s the same case with us humans. Our muscles waste away if we don’t use them. “Use it or lose it” as they say. If there’s no movement, no growth will happen. The result could even be worse because we might lose the thing that we don’t use often.
Physical development in early childhood
That principle is even more pronounced in the physical development of children. Their movements (or lack thereof) could have a huge impact on their physical growth and development. For example, lack of playtime could have a negative effect on the development of their bones and muscles. They might get weaker as supposed to. This could then carry over until their formal schooling and beyond.
That’s why many government agencies and academic research centres advocate for more physical activity and playtime for kids. Back then there was heavy focus on academics (literacy and numeracy). But recently, the tables have turned and many realised that playtime is a lot more important than anticipated.
About the child’s gross motor skills development
Aside from physical growth (e.g. development of bones and muscles), movements also contribute to children’s development of their gross motor skills (e.g. running, jumping). After all, these skills can only be gained through practice.
On the other hand, fine motor skills are mainly about movements that require detail (e.g. buttoning and unbuttoning). These can also only be learned through practice. For children, watching other people do something is only the first step. Kids should do it themselves and explore the texture and motions themselves.
Playtime provides lots of those opportunities to explore. Although academics still has its place, playtime also has a huge role in the child’s development. Kids will be able to use their bones, muscles and brain as well.
What can you do as a parent?
Interestingly, kids crave movement and they grab almost every opportunity to explore and play. It’s like they already know what they require so they can reach their full potential.
Our role then as parents is to support that tendency. We should provide more opportunities for our kids to play. Aside from aiding them in their physical growth, this also has a positive impact on their learning skills.
We share the same goal here at Star Academy Kids. Our educators guide and encourage kids to play and explore in a safe environment. In addition, we make the playtime sessions more engaging and more fun to all. This way, kids will also enjoy while also gaining the necessary foundations they need for the future.
Contact us today if you want to learn more about our facility and approach. You can also request for a visit so you can explore what we have to offer.