Physical Skills for Every Day Life

Building Strength, Balance, Coordination and Hand Skills can help with every day life skills like handwriting, dressing, using cutlery and joining in with P.E., sports and playing with friends.

While you are safe at home we wanted to help with ideas to build your child's skills.  Here are videos that will help build strength, balance, coordination and hand skills.

These will then help your child with every day life skills like dressing, using cutlery, handwriting and joining in at school, with P.E., sports and playing with friends when restrictions are lifted.

The videos are for school age children and can be added to your weekly routine while you are at home.  Build an exercise routine that suits your child.  You can pick and mix from the games and activities to suit your child.  

You know your child and you know your home so choose videos that work for your household.  Be safe, work in a clear area with your child.  Remember to start with 2-3 of the exercise videos so that your child has warmed up. Stop if your child has any pain. 

If your child is known to Occupational Therapy, your therapist can help you choose the right videos if you're not sure.

Occupational Therapists can be contacted through the HUBS (set up during COVID-19).

Top Tips

Here are our top 5 tips to help you when teaching new skills.  

  • Choose the right time.
  • Set the 'Just Right' challenge.
  • Find what works for you and your child.
  • Keep it Fun!
  • Practice, practice, practice together.

 

Exercise Videos

These exercises work on core stability.  This will help your child when playing, writing, using scissors, sitting at the table, balancing, jumping, hopping, riding a bike and using their hands.

Click here for the exercise videos

Obstacle Courses

Obstacle Courses are a fun way to build your child's strength, balance and co-ordination.  This will help your child to join in with their friends, in P.E. and sports once the restrictions are lifted.

Click here for obstacle course videos

Ball Skills

These videos will help with catching, throwing and kicking.  This will help your child to join in with ball games, P.E, sports and playing with their friends when restrictions are lifted.

Click here for ball skills videos

Using Your Hands

Here are videos that will help with hand strength, using two hands together and using hands with skill.  These will help your child with everyday life skills like dressing, using cutlery and handwriting.

Click here for Using Your Hands videos and information sheets

Life Skills

Building strength, balance, coordination and hand skills can help with every day life skills like handwriting, dressing, using cutlery and joining in with P.E., sports and playing with friends.

There is already lots of resources on teaching life skills on the KIDS website.

Click here for Life Skills videos and Information Sheets