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Play On Passport: Hand-Eye Coordination

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


What’s your favorite way to play? We asked ceramics instructor Natalie Steinmetz to share her favorite way to play! 

Ceramics is one of the Hand-Eye Coordination programs on our Power of  Play Passport. Hand-eye coordination is the ability to track the movements of the hands with the eyes, thus enabling the eyes to send important signals to the brain about hand movement. Poor hand-eye coordination can greatly compromise your ability to exercise and can also affect everyday tasks such as writing.  Developing hand-eye coordination may result in better reaction times, as well as enhanced agility, athleticism, and other life skills. Activities such as finger-painting and clay-molding require children to look ahead and envision the object they wish to create. This skill may also eventually enhance strategic thinking. 

This fall, the Glencoe Park District is offering a variety of programs which introduce you to the benefits of being active. The programs provide an active start to physical literacy, which is the ability, confidence, and desire to be physically active for life. In the Fall 2017 program guide, you will find several programs for ages 5-12 accompanied by one of six Glencoe Play symbols that represent Rhythm & Coordination, Power, Speed & Agility, Hand-Eye Coordination, Balance & Core, and Cognitive Development. These skills are integral ingredients in developing physically literate youth. By participating in programs which focus on sharpening each of these skills each year, our youth will be well on their way to becoming more physically literate and ultimately being active for life. That is the POWER of Play.

The program is simple: participate in a variety of physical literacy programs and become part of the Glencoe Play movement!  Collect all 6 symbols to win! Then, bring your completed passport to the last day of any GLENCOE PLAY program (designated in this guide by the symbols on the left). Your instructor will stamp your passport if you attended at least half the classes. Collect all 6 symbols within one year by participating in a variety of programming and we’ll give you a free Play On t-shirt to show you’re serious about physical fitness! All completed passports should be returned to the Takiff Center.