Upper Arm & Core Strengthening Exercises for Children
Why is this important?
Good arm movement relies on core strength.
- When your child’s core is strong, he/she will be able to move his/her arms correctly.
- When your child’s core is strong, he/she will be able to sit upright at a desk in school.
- When your child’s core is strong, he/she will be able to use his/her hands well during skills such as handwriting, eating and cutting.
The following are fun exercises to do with your child to strengthen his/her upper body and core.
- Have your child lay face down on the floor.
- Hold your child’s lower legs (can hold at the hips if more help is needed).
- Ask your child to push up and straighten his/her arms.
- Ask your child to walk with his or her hands across the floor in the forward direction.
- Have your child sit with his/her buttocks on the floor as seen.
- Ask your child to lift his/her buttocks off the floor and push up through the arms.
- Have your child walk in forward, backward and sideways directions
- Ask child to “walk” on all fours with knees slightly bent.
- Try to have him/her keep their back flat and arms straight.
- Tummy muscles are strengthened as the child walks forward moving his/her hands and feet.
Remember: Make it fun!
If you have questions or concerns please reach out to your child’s occupational therapist.
This page was last updated on: November 10, 2020 01:43 PM