Motor Fairy Tales

Playing to move and learn.

The magic of fairy tales provides the ideal encouragement. Children reach their physical potential as they aim for the stars.

Introduction

Physical activity fosters the development of executive function, cognitive flexibility, and problem solving. Motor Fairy Tales is designed to improve children’s physical activity.

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Why Motor Fairy Tales? Why is free play not enough?

If a sunny day, a park and a few swings were enough, the problem would be already solved.

Specific studies demonstrate that such games, while surely promoting social and relational capabilities (Burdette and Whitaker, 2005), do not develop movement capabilities. When children are not involved in deliberate physical activity they tend to stay still for a very long time, investing just a little time to true and effective movement. (Sallis, Patterson, McKenzie and Nader, 1988; Brown, et al.,2009).

Recent studies on mirror neurons demonstrated that a child learns to explore his emotions through movement imitation, therefore, every exercise at Motor Fairy Tales has been thoroughly crafted to be physically conditioning. The true driving force of this method is that each activity is powerful and intense with movement patterns designed to address each executive functions as we capture the fairy tales’ magic.

I have been able to verify the effectiveness of this method through the years, and how it is well received by children, parents and teachers.

Benefits of developing executive functions:

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Executive functions are trainable

Children gain inhibitory control (task inhibition) which is the base for impulse control, during activities. This skill is very important for behavioral adjustment.

Executive function and cognitive processes start rapidly developing at birth

Promoting deliberate development of  a child’s executive functions with Motor Fairy Tales, will set her up to enter primary school with an advantage.

Once acquired, they last forever

Healthy and developed executive functions during childhood serve as building blocks for the cognitive and mental processing an adult uses to adapt and manage his social position…

They are very useful when faced with demanding tasks

Self control and focused attention are essential for school learning, even more essential than a child’s intelligence quotient (IQ) (Blair & Razza, 2007)…

"We are delighted to collaborate with Motor Fairy Tales in Milan, an innovative company that keeps smart children moving!"

Tricia Striano SkolerSkolerPhD Founder ZWIFLY, New York City Leading Company in academic education

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