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Medicina dello Sport 2015 March;68(1):49-55

language: English, Italian

Effect of selected games on the development of manipulative skills in 4-6 year-old preschool girls

Hashemi M. 1, Khameneh N. N. 1, Salehian M. H. 2

1 Department of Physical Education, Hamadan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Hamadan, Iran;
2 Department of Physical Education, Tabriz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz, Iran


AIM: Preschool years are critical to a child’s development and mastery of fundamental movement skills. The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of some selected games on the development of manipulative skills in 4-6 year old preschool girls.
METHODS: In this quasi-experimental research a total of 60 preschool girls (4-6 years old) were randomly selected from the population of 860 enrolled in various kindergartens according to their pre-test scores and were randomly assigned into the experimental and control groups. The Ulrich Test for gross motor skills was employed to measure manipulative skills. Some selected games were performed for 18 successive sessions, 3 sessions of 45 minutes per week. The one-sample K-S test and inferential statistical test (α=0.05) were used to analyse the data by SPSS.
RESULTS: The results of analysis indicated that 18 sessions of selected games in the experimental group led to a significant improvement in the score on manipulative skills of this group compared to the control group (α=0.05).
CONCLUSION: Based on the results of this study, employing some selected games may enhance the development of manipulative skills oinpreschool girls.

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