The psychomotor courses are modules and complements installed in a public park or playground; These “circuits” allow their users to develop different motor and cognitive skills. The advantages that can be had in the development of children when accessing the learning and understanding of different psychomotor exercises are of vital importance. The cognitive and social part benefits because it is complementary learning that children receive traditionally (for example, in a classroom). Thus, it is essential to know and understand the advantages of having psychomotor exercises in our community or school.
The main benefits of motor skills in children are the mastery of balance, as it helps them move and know their body to see the space they occupy and the challenges they have when they play on a playground. They stand out for improving creativity and forms of expression, also enhancing memory and rhythm. Likewise, they improve the notions of the meaning of situations and orientation, space, and time.
Psychomotor skills in children
Through techniques and body exercises, the child can develop in moments of fun; they can be encouraged to practice motor, cognitive and affective aspects. Those important parts that develop psychomotor skills can be done when children participate in psychomotor courses in the community or school. Through this type of exercise and motivation, it is intended that children develop different motor skills while having fun.
The goal of psychomotor skills
Psychomotor skills’ main objective is to motivate children’s senses through exercises, relationships, and sensations in the body and its environment; know the movements that allow us to interact in coordinated psychomotor courses at all times. These aspects will be vital because they allow children to socialize at an early age with their peers when playing.
To the above, we must add the security of children who have developed this type of skill. Trying to interact in psychomotor courses is not the same as doing it in other common areas (which can be dangerous or do not have minimum safety standards). Children who have had these types of experiences lose their insecurity and increase their self-confidence, which will help them perform different future physical and cognitive activities, such as playing a sport or learning new skills.
Psychomotor advantages in children
On a motor level, the child facilitates knowing what his body is like, knowing how it is formed, and perceiving other bodies and things. It also favors body control; psychomotor skills allow you to control the body in movement situations and adapt it to get out of situations or problems with ease. Other benefits are good posture, hand coordination, the notion of time and space.
In the cognitive part, the perception and discrimination of qualities of the objects observed or explored are stimulated. Habits of learning, memory, attention, and concentration are created, and the ability to create; introduces the notions of space (which is above, which is below, inside-outside). It also contributes to the development of knowledge about colors, shapes, quantities, and elements.
Finally, it serves as a channel for developing socio-affective skills because it can help children discharge negative thoughts or feelings, which is vital for their mental balance. It helps face fears, strengthens the body with exercise and the personality of children, overcoming the challenges of team play.
Without a doubt, having the necessary knowledge to help children grow is essential for them to be healthy adults in the future. Psychomotor skills courses have proven to be an integral part of this learning process; they provide in all aspects the development that children of all ages need. Therefore, it is essential not only to have psychomotor courses where the family can be distracted and have an excellent time but also to help children integrate into an environment where they will develop fundamental physical and cognitive skills for the future.
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