Brain Development and Physical Movement
Gross motor development ie physical movement. It provides energy for the brain it strengthens and bonds the synapses, which are the connections that are made between neurons in the brain stronger. If these connections aren’t made stronger they become weak and wither much like an un-watered plant A child may not reach their full potential or might have difficulty in certain areas of development it they don’t have opportunities to move. Think of physical movement as nutrients for a healthy brain. Children need movement and the sensory experiences. Movement provides for overall brain development. As children increase in age their “windows of opportunity for development in certain areas of the brain decrease, they narrow. They may not develop the brain circuitry to its fullest potential. To make a long story short children need to move, create, explore, imagine, taste touch, construct, pretend, etc. to build and connect the cerebellum, which controls posture and coordination (a basic connection). Building this basic connection helps children develop skills that require higher manual dexterity like playing music, reading, driving a car etc.
When you think of gross motor activities think of whole body movement. You will notice that children will climb, crawl, throw, sway, spin, jump and swing on anything in their way. These activities help their bodies develop
Dancing, playing musical instruments, walking around the neighborhood, going to the park, jogging skipping, marching hopping, balancing ,jumping rope, pulling a wagon, pushing a shopping cart, body rolling, hiking, climbing a tree, riding bikes, and scooters are all great activities to build the synapses .