Locomotor Movements are the basic movements that create the ability to move in more complex ways. Learning these skills is very important in the development for further success in physical activities and sports.
The following are the basic movements we are learning in P.E. in Child Development classes, Kindergarten classes, and in some cases in 1st and 2nd grades.
Hop - Take off on one foot, land on one foot.
Jump - Take off on two feet, land on two feet.
Skip - Step and hop with one foot, then step and hop with the other foot. (The lead foot changes each time)
Try this activity at home to help your child learn the basic movements. Place a circular piece of paper (Mr. Spot) on the floor or other surface. Have your child practice the different locomotor movements around Mr. Spot. For non-locomotor movements, have your child practice these while standing beside, behind, or in front of Mr. Spot.