Importance of core:

As we all know, core strength involves the muscles of the abdomen. But did you know that it also includes muscles such as within the lower back, shoulders, and stomach?

Core strength is a very important building block to the development of motor skills for children, from simple tummy time to more complex motor skills for walking and jumping.

Having a stable base of support improves the ability to use the hands for fine motor tasks, such as writing or cutting. It is also important for attention skills; if a child has weak core muscles, they will have difficulty maintaining an upright posture and spend lots of time adapting their body position to compensate, impacting on their ability to attend to tasks.

 Poor Core Strength in Kids

 

Signs of weaker core muscles:

  • Slumped or slouched posture
  • W-sitting position
  • Frequently changing body positions or difficulty sitting still
  • Hold their head up with their hand
  • Poor attention skills
  • Difficulty with fine motor tasks, such as holding a pencil or doing up buttons
  • Difficulty with gross motor activities or frequently losing their balance e.g. on a balance beam or riding a bike

 Poor Core Strength in Kids

 

Activity ideas for home or school:

Luckily, there are lots of fun and easy ways to enhance core muscles for kids! Here are some of our favourite ideas for at home or school:

  • Change the position that activities are completed
    • Lying on stomach propped up on elbows e.g. when playing a board game or completing homework
    • Tall kneel position e.g. completing worksheets against the wall or throwing and catching
    • Lying on back propped up on elbows e.g. to kick a ball or watch TV
  • Sit on a therapy ball or wobble stool when at a table
  • Superman position (lying on stomach with arms and legs raised off the ground)
  • Tabletop or bridge position e.g. see how many toys can be placed on stomach before collapsing
  • Wheelbarrow walking
  • Animal walks, such as crab, bear and snakey slides
  • Encourage correct seating posture at the desk, including feet flat on the floor and chair tucked in
  • Playing at the park e.g. monkey bars and climbing
  • External sports, such as swimming, rock climbing or gymnastics

Poor Core Strength in Kids