Improving motor skills in early childhood through goal-oriented play activity

Sutapa, Panggung and Pratama, Kukuh Wahyudin and Mat Rosly, Maziah and Ali, Syed Kamaruzaman Syed and Karakauki, Manil (2021) Improving motor skills in early childhood through goal-oriented play activity. Children-Basel, 8 (11). ISSN 2227-9067, DOI

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Goal-oriented play activity encourages children to exercise and triggers the movement of body muscles. Active muscles are stronger, more agile, faster, and more powerful. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to determine that goal-oriented play activity in early childhood improves motor skills. Methods: Forty children aged 4.5-6 years old were recruited and took part in a set of training activities divided into Posts 1-5. To pass each post, a child had to run, walk on a balance beam, move sticks, throw and catch the ball, and arrange blocks. Training was given three times every week for 12 weeks. Data collected consisted of running 25 m, walking on the balance beam, throwing the ball as far as possible, locomotor movement, arranging cans, and bouncing the ball. Paired t and Wilcoxon signed-rank tests were used for analysis. Results: The results showed that there were significant differences in the motor skills evaluated pre- and post-training with p < 0.05. Conclusion: All six training activities conducted for 12 weeks provided significant improvements in the motor skills areas in children aged 4.5-6 years old.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Yogyakarta State University, Indonesia, Universiti Malaya
Uncontrolled Keywords: Motor skills; Childhood; Goal-oriented play activity
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2022 07:00
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2022 07:00

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