Gross Motor Skill Development Summer Camp
The Sensational Kids’ Gross Motor Skill Development Summer Camp takes place at Sensational Kids in Clones, Co. Monaghan from Monday, 25th July to Thursday, 28th July at 9.30am to 10.30am daily. The workshop fee of €195 includes a subsidy provided by Sensational Kids of €42 per participant. The full rate for this course would cost €237 pp.
The Sensational Kids’ Gross Motor Development groups stress the importance of having fun whilst developing postural strength, coordinated movements and motor planning skills. Play-based activities, games, songs and obstacle courses are used to engage the children in the activities and exercises. Although these groups are not therapy groups and will not be targeting child specific skills, all of the activities are guided by sound therapeutic principles and facilitated by a Paediatric Occupational Therapist.
The focus of these groups is on postural strengthening and how the children move and use their whole bodies.
Each group session will commence with a warm-up consisting of rhythm and stretching. This is followed by various activities that tap into different areas of gross motor skill development, i.e. imitation, rhythm and timing, core stability (back and tummy muscles), using the 2 sides of the body together, motor planning and sequencing.
Each group session is designed to be fun and engaging for the children with obstacle courses, animal walks, ball work, movement-based songs and games and more. Gross motor skill activities will be followed by a cool down period using yoga-type poses and deep breathing to calm and regulate the children after all the fun.
Please note, that this is a group workshop so participants must meet the following criteria to maximise the benefit for everyone.
- Participants must be aged between 7 and 10 years to attend this workshop.
- Participants will attend the workshop alone but parents must be on hand in case of emergency.
- Participants must be able to follow instruction and participate within a group setting and without one-to-one constant support. They must be able to sustain focus, listen, use expressive language effectively, share, and take turns.
- Participants must have basic gross motor movements including being able to walk, crawl, run, jump and climb stairs.
- Participants must be able to manage any area of self-care needed for the duration of the workshop, e.g. toileting and self-feeding.