A is for AGILITY
Agility is the ability to be in motion, stop, change direction and get moving again. Agility also refers to how quickly a person can perform all of these movements. This becomes an important skill when your child begins to express interest in sports and he wants to improve his athletic performance.
Agility is strongly connected to strength, balance and coordination. The stronger your child’s body is, the more control she has over her muscles and the more coordinated, balanced, and agile she will be!
Babies are working on beginning aspects of agility when they start tracking toys with their eyes and reaching to grab them. Grabbing hold of that shiny rattle requires just the right amount of speed, coordination, and ability to accommodate for direction changes and the ability to stop at just the right moment to snatch it from you!
Preschoolers love obstacle courses that have them weaving in and out and over obstacles or running as fast as they can and stopping when you yell “red light”!
A game of basketball, dodgeball or soccer will have your older child improving her agility each time she’s out on the court or field. Practice makes perfect!!
Looking for fun and easy ways to work on agility with your child? Here are some of our favorite activities:
Partner Tag from SPIDERfit Kids – A super fun way to work on reaction time and get kids moving together!
At The Inspired Treehouse, we believe that information about developmental skills and child development should be accessible to everyone, not just medical professionals. You won’t find a lot of complicated lingo here – we prefer breaking things down into terms that are a little less intimidating. That’s why we’re bringing you this awesome series: The ABCs of Child Development!
Over the next few months, we’ll be making our way through the alphabet, assigning the letters to different developmental skills. From gross motor to fine motor to sensory and more…when it comes to developmental terminology (and easy-to-understand definitions), you’ll find everything you’re looking for all in one place!
This post was shared at The Jenny Evolution’s Friday Flash Blog!