n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Effects of a kinderkinetic programme on the gross motor abilities in pre-school children : motor learning

Volume 17, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


The purpose of this pilot study was to investigate the gross motor abilities in pre-school children after an 8-week kinderkinetic programme. Kinderkinetics involves gross motor development classes for children with the view of achieving school readiness and sport/academic proficiency. Results were compared to the gross motor abilities of pre-school children who did not receive any kinderkinetic training. This was done to determine whether a kinderkinetic programme has an influence on gross motor abilities in pre-school children. This study consisted of 40 potential subjects that participated in a pre-test. From the 40 subjects, a pair-matched selection according to gender, age and performance was made. Subjects were randomly assigned to either an experimental group (n=10) or a control group (n=10). The short form of the Bruininks-Oseretsky test for motor proficiency was used to test the gross motor abilities of the subjects. Statistical analyses revealed that participants in the experimental group showed significant improvement in their motor skills (p<0.05), with bilateral coordination increasing by a magnitude of 82%. The effect size for significant comparisons between the experimental and control groups showed a value of 0.8 which can be interpreted as large. The results for the control group showed no significant changes. The results showed that a specially designed kinderkinetic programme is of utmost importance for the development of motor abilities in pre-school children.

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