How does it work?

The Motor Programmes

Well, it is extremely easy and our motor programmes are designed for implementation in any environment.

Sessions

Each programme is made up of sessions.

The duration of each session is as follows:

  • 2-3 years: roughly 20 minutes
  • 3-6 years: roughly 30 minutes

Each session is divided into three sections:

  • Power
    High energy exercises (e.g. jumping)
  • Skill
    Moderate energy and skill focused exercises (e.g. throwing and catching)
  • Core
    Low energy (e.g. stretching and balancing)

The programmes require children to carry out exercises

  • as an individual,
  • in pairs,
  • in small groups

The sessions target whole body motor development. Each exercise lists the areas of motor and skill development involved, with links that channel educators or caregivers to pages where they can learn more about them.

Programme Implementation

Once enrolment is complete, a username and password will be issued, which will enable members to log in to the motor programme on our website from which the session cards can be printed.

The session cards are guide cards to be followed during the sessions. They list the exercises, basic implementation details and the resources needed. Detailed descriptions, images, and videos for each exercise can be found on the website under each session.
None of the sessions requires more than 5 minutes of setup time and no planning is necessary.

One educator or caregiver is needed for implementation. Centre programmes are developed for groups of 6 children (2-3 years) and groups of 8 children (3-6 years). Educators and caregivers can choose days and times that suit and ensure that all children are involved in the programme.

In a nutshell, we have ensured that our motor programmes are as simple and user-friendly as possible. Seriously, they are!

An in-house programme implemented by the educators and caregivers are far more effective than programmes administered by outsiders.

But why?

  • The parents know and trust the educators.
  • The children have established relationships with educators or caregivers.
  • The educators and caregivers know the children’s characters, strengths and barriers.
  • The educators and caregivers can choose days and times that suit and ensure that all children are involved in the programme.
  • The educators can group or pair children up in a way that would be most beneficial.
  • The educators and caregivers can recognise motor skill barriers and look out for related incompetencies within other areas of the daily programme.
  • The educators and caregivers can identify socio-emotional related barriers e.g. self-confidence, competence, teamwork, perseverance and provide opportunities for progress within other areas of the daily programme.

The programme acts as a professional development tool for educators and caregivers.

Our aim was to create motor programmes that are interesting, exciting and fun for the children to engage in, but also to administer. We have, therefore, chosen an assortment of intriguing resources.

The centre programme cost covers most of the resources that are needed for the implementation of the programme and these resources will be delivered to the centre. We realise that storage for extra resources is often limited, so we have kept our resources down to a minimum. Some of the resources can be adapted to use in multiple ways and others already exist in the learning or home environment.

The Home programme cost does not include any resources, but the programmes have been developed in such a way that the exercises involve mostly the body and resources already present in the home,

  • Balloon Motor Development
  • Ball Motor Development
  • Scarf Motor Development
  • Cheerleading (Centre Programmes Only)
  • Gymnastics
  • Rhythmic Ribbons (Centre Programmes Only)
  • Balance and Coordination
  • Throwing and Catching
  • Kicking, Dribbling and Blocking
  • Swinging, Hitting and Pitching
  • Aim and Splash (Centre Programmes Only)
  • Jumping, Hopping, Sack Jumping & Skipping
  • Yoga and Stretching
  • Skating
  • Pushing and Pulling
  • Feet Motor Development
  • Jump & Grab (Centre Programmes Only)
  • Noodle Beam Balancing & Stepping (Centre Programmes Only)
  • Velcro Feet & Velcro Bottoms (Centre Programmes Only)
  • Trolley Motor Development (Centre Programmes Only)

… and lots more!

Our programmes incorporate the following essential areas of motor and skill development:

  • Brain Integration
  • Gross & Fine Motor Development
  • Dynamic & Static Balance and Coordination
  • Hand-Eye & Eye-Foot Coordination
  • Laterality
  • Bilateral Coordination
  • Spatial Relationships
  • Core Strength
  • Stretching
  • Directionality
  • Visual and Auditory Memory
  • Problem-solving
  • Team Work, Turn-Taking
  • Self-confidence, Perseverance
  • Competition, Challenge and Achievement
  • Focus, Listening, Following Instructions
  • Creativity
  • Touch
The programmes were developed through collaboration and research in the following fields:

  • Early Childhood Learning and Development
  • Educational Psychology
  • Kinesiology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Child Fitness & Training
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Te Whariki (Early Childhood Curriculum of New Zealand)

Cost

The aim of Tuputupu Kids is to ensure that opportunities for motor skills and movement exist in as many early childhood centres and homes as possible, as the impact of motor development on all other areas of learning and development is MASSIVE!

Our motor programmes cost less than a cup of coffee per week. Pretty awesome, right?

Please also remember that our programmes have been designed in such a way that they not only do they provide learning and development experiences for children, but also professional development opportunities for educators and caregivers.

Please contact us for more information regarding cost.

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