October is for monsters, goblins and mummies! I have my kids making “roll a monsters” and drawing them on a vertical white board to work on strengthening their shoulder girdle. .
As a baby, we develop it by putting weight through our arms in tummy time and then crawling. If you notice that your child fatigues when writing or playing legos (think activities that require fine motor control and fluidity) or if they have trouble controlling their finger movements they may need to strengthen their shoulder girdle.
Engaging in activities on a vertical surface encourages stabilization of the shoulder to maintain arm flexion. This helps build endurance and engage muscles . Think drawing, painting, playing with magnets, shaving cream on an easel (or in the shower/bath).