The Gymboree Play & Music theme for May is Play Big and we’re focusing on developing gross motor skills through play.
When children ‘play big’, meaning they are jumping, climbing, running they are subconsciously learning and beginning to understand their bodies and how they work. The technical term is “proprioception”. This seems simple enough, but it is much more complicated than just knowing where your hand is when you are not looking at it.
It is also about center of balance, posture, reflexes, and general movement confidence. Children will generally be more successful lifelong and able to better manage the inevitable changes of our bodies when they are well grounded in their senses at an early age.