Good shoulder stability and upper limb strength is important to be able to use our hands effectively. Stability around the shoulder and the joints of the arms is needed for our arm to be held in different positions whilst the forearm and hand complete activities such as eating and dressing.
Tummy time: playing while lying on the tummy is a great way to develop shoulder stability. Make sure your child is putting weight through their elbows and forearms and try reading, writing, colouring, working on puzzles, playing with toys while lying on your tummy, working up to 20-30 minutes.
Completing activities at shoulder height, such as drawing/chalking on an easel.
Draw, write or paint on a vertical surface such as an easel or piece of paper taped to a wall. Try large vertical, horizontal, diagonal lines and large circles and patterns, such as rainbows going from one side of the page to the other.
Animal walks: pretending to be different animals such as bear or a frog and moving around the room. Change it up and play games.
Crawling activities such as on all fours, going forward, backward, sideways or through an obstacle course.
Push ups on the floor or against the wall.
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Please ensure that adult supervision is given when completing these activities.