The core elements of the bodily-kinesthetic intelligence are in control of one's bodily motions and the capacity to handle objects skillfully. Dr. Gardner elaborates that this also includes a sense of timing, a clear sense of the goal of a physical action, along with the ability to train responses. People who have high bodily-kinesthetic intelligence are generally good at physical activities such as sports, dance, acting, and making things.
Maria Montessori started her first preschool called the Casa dei Bambini in Rome in 1906 where she also emphasized on developing Gross Motor Skill in children. “Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside. Through movement we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas” said Dr. Maria Montessori.
Developing Goss Motor Skills is imported to Fosters Imagination through Active Play. It encourages problem solving and critical thinking (e.g. how am I going to climb over this log?), hones risk taking skills, builds confidence & self esteem, releases physical, social & emotional stress, and eventually creates happy children.
Outdoor Play – Take your child to the garden or a playground near your house where there are play equipment like slide, swing, jungle gym, etc.
Play Catch – Although this sounds simple, throwing and catching a ball develops significant hand-eye coordination. Vary it according to your child’s skill level by playing catch with different objects (beach ball, bean bag, baseball) and by increasing the distance between you.
Sports –Best way to keep your children active is to enroll them in a sport that they enjoy. Coaching for Swimming, Gymnastics, Tennis, Karate, Cricket, Football, etc. should be easily available in your neighbourhood.
Exercise, Yoga, Jogging or Walks! – Form a routine to go for exercise, walk, etc. Involve your entire family in it. We all need encouragement and a push to get out of the house. Dancing –Make up a dance with your child, dance silly for fun, or teach dances like the Macarena, the Twist, the Chicken Dance or the Electric Slide. Learning different dance routines is a fun way to develop memory as well!
Balancing– Balance beams are everywhere: fallen trees, curbs, short walls, a line of chalk on the driveway – be creative! Other balance-related activities include hopping on one foot, walking on tiptoes, doing headstands and handstands, or jumping from one spot to another.
Play Kick – Much like playing catch, playing kick is a fun and easy way to develop coordination and muscle control. As your child’s skills improve you can move farther apart, practice passing back and forth while running across the yard.
Obstacle Course – When in doubt, create an obstacle course that requires jumping, crawling, climbing, balancing, bean bag tossing, hula-hooping & more. You and your child can work together to create a fun and physically engaging course, either indoors or out.