The Illinois Early Learning and Development Benchmarks (19.A.ECa Engage in active play using gross- and fine-motor skills., 19.A.ECb Move with balance and control in a range of physical activities., 19.A.ECc Use strength and control to accomplish tasks., 19.A.ECd Use eye-hand coordination to perform tasks., 20.A.ECa Participate in activities to enhance physical fitness., 20.A.ECb Exhibit increased levels of physical activity., and 21.A.ECb Follow directions, with occasional adult reminders, during group activities.) stress the need for teachers to encourage young children to increase endurance (the length of time that one can continue a physical activity) by becoming more active. Games help make movement fun. Play and laughter can help develop friendship while encouraging physical fitness. Consider each child’s abilities, and encourage all children to play by adapting games for children with special needs.
Look for other ideas related to specific special needs in these resources: Creative Play Activities for Children with Disabilities: A Resource Book for Teachers and Parents, by Lisa Rappaport Morris and Linda Schulz, and Adapted Games and Activities: From Tag to Team Building by Pattie Rouse (Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics).September 2013
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