This makes a fun game and is helpful on several levels for the unique learner. A wheelbarrow is performed by having the child lie flat on his or her stomach on the floor with their palms down, elbows bent. Then a trustworthy helper grasps the child’s ankles, lifting the child’s body off the ground so the child is “walking” on his or her hands. The child should try to keep the back and legs straight. This may take some gentle practice for the child to master, but it is excellent for developing gross and fine motor skills. When doing this activity as a relay race, remember that it is for fun and not truly a race. Nevertheless, having that little bit of “hurry-up” pressure that excitement and competition can bring may really accelerate the development of important building blocks.

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