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My child loves playing with a ball. Is this normal?

When it comes to an active three year old, there’s very few toys that match a ball for versatility. It can be used for a variety of games, needs no batteries, and nearly everyone has at least one lying around the house already.

When your child plays with a ball – whether it’s kicking, catching or throwing, he or she is developing both fine and gross motor skills that will help him or her with everything from brushing teeth to riding a bike, and it’s a great, fun way to do it!
By this age, your child has probably mastered the mechanics of throwing over hand, and kicking the ball. Understanding aim is a different matter. In fact, you may still find that when you play catch with your child, you end up winded as you run and leap to catch his or her efforts.

Your child probably also struggles to catch a ball for the same reason. This is perfectly normal though, and most children don’t really master catching a ball until they are around ten years old.

Help your child to practice catching with his or her arms straight out in front, by aiming carefully, and once your child has mastered that, move on to catching with bent elbows.

Use a softer, foam or semi deflated ball to practice – especially if your child is not one of the few who are naturally gifted in this area.

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If your child announces he doesn’t want to play sport anymore, it will be helpful to know why he has reached this decision.
The best way to encourage your child to be active is to be active yourself.
When your toddler is three years old, it’s a great time to start thinking about creating a family tradition that they will remember the rest of their life.
Parents who work all week struggle with how to best spend the time during weekend. Do you use the weekend to catch up on housework and running errands, or do you use the time to have fun with the kids?
Research has proven that when a child watches too much television, their imaginative and cognitive abilities are restricted and can alter their development.
A toddler’s playtime is an important aspect of his development. Through play, a child learns about his world and the people in his world. He also learns how to solve problems and overcome challenges both mental and physical.
Preschooler aged children are mostly very active get enough exercise during their normal daily routine.
Two year old children are very active and will usually get all the exercise they need from their normal daily play.
A three year old toddler will love any gift that allows them to use their imagination.



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