There are several skills children need to acquire at an early age, and object control skills are some of the most important ones. The development of such skills is connected to the observation of adults and their behavior as well as attempts to copy them. Therefore, it is necessary to provide specific conditions for the successful acquisition of such abilities for children by making adjustments.
Numerous studies are devoted to the process of acquiring skills and their impact on human development. One of the most noticeable implementations of their findings relates to sports as this area of practice is connected to body movements. According to Buszard et al., the preferences of children in terms of sports equipment reflect the necessity to adjust it to their stature and other parameters (830). Hence, the scaling of a play area with essential sports equipment is a primary concern of designers.
One of the factors that have an impact on the acquisition of skills by a child is the environment. To learn to control objects, one needs to have special conditions. From the example with sports equipment, it can be concluded that the development of abilities is influenced by the focus on a target group. It is essential for such components of object control skills like balance, coordination, and speed. Hence, the environment unsuitable for children would trigger atypical development resulting in problems with motor coordination.
Object control skills are vital for the development of children as a lot of activities are based on abilities to control one’s body movements. The lack of such skills at a young age might result in the inability of an adult to do sports or perform specific tasks connected to body movements in the future. Thus, it is essential to create a particular environment for their acquisition.
Buszard, Tim, et al. “Scaling the Equipment and Play Area in Children’s Sport to Improve Motor Skill Acquisition: A Systematic Review.” Sports Medicine, vol. 46, no. 6, 2016, pp. 829-843.