The answer is all thanks to our proprioceptive system.
Proprioception - knowing where and how the body is orientated in space - is a crucial ability that we often take for granted. It's what allows us to walk up a flight of stairs without having to look at our feet, or stops us from banging our heads as we duck under something low.
Over the next few weeks week in our Parent & Child classes we will be exploring a new learning unit called 'Movement Arts and Body Parts'. A key focus throughout this learning unit is to help develop children's proprioceptive skills. Poor proprioceptive skills in children may result clumsiness, poor coordination or seemingly attention seeking behaviour.
A great way to help develop proprioceptive skills is to encourage your child to try activities that challenge their muscles with resistance – for example swinging on monkey bars, climbing and jumping.
Another way develop proprioceptive skills is through sensory integration – the process where we are able to experience, interpret and in turn respond to the environment around us. This week in class, you will be able to see sensory integration in action as we focus of learning and identifying different body parts using a range different senses including visual, auditory & tactile.
In the meantime here are 99 cool sensory activity ideas that you can try at home.