Doing the LEAP games not only builds gross motor skills, but it also teaches kids about compromise, sharing and taking turns. Children are learning that you can’t always win, which is an important life lesson! Since we have a mix aged group that ranges from 18 months to school aged, we adapt activities to increase difficulty for older children. We played an activity where kids throw balls in a little bucket. They start close to the bucket and move further away as their skills increase. For younger children we hold the bucket close to the ground and lift it higher up for older children. Activities can last from a few minutes to around 20 minutes depending on children’s interest.
~Jody, Early Childhood Educator, Lake Lenore, SK