Simple Activities to Develop Gross Motor Skills in Children

Simple activities to develop gross motor skills in children

Simple Activities to Develop Gross Motor Skills in Children

 

Are you looking for activities to develop gross motor skills in children?  Then this list is perfect for you.  Gross movements consist of large muscle groups and whole body movements.  Gross motor skills involve movement and coordination of the arms, legs and other large body parts. These skills develop in a head-to-toe order.  The first gross motor development a child achieves is holding their head up.  Children learn head control, trunk stability, crawling, pulling themselves up, standing and finally walking.  This is a starter list of activities to develop gross motor skills in children that cost almost nothing.

 

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Activities to Develop gross motor skills in Children

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Toddlers and Preschoolers have tons of energy that they need to expel in some form or another.  Is your child running around the house and you don’t know what to do?  These activities will help get out some energy and get them moving.  Here are some activities to help your toddler and preschooler build up those large muscles.  Start slow and move onto harder activities as your child grows and builds their muscles.

 

13 Gross Motor Activities for Children that are FREE

 

 

*Balloons

 

Activities to Build Gross Motor Skills

Kids just love balloons.  They are a cheap, easy way of getting your child moving.  Blow up a few balloons and stand back.  Let your little one kick or throw the balloon to you.  Play “Don’t Let the Balloon Touch the Ground”.  Just walking and moving the balloons out of the way are good movements.

-For my sons birthdays, we blow up dozens of balloons.  The kids love it and gets them moving.  We started this with my oldest sons first birthday.  He’s 6 now and continues to love balloon extravaganza.  We play with balloons for weeks.  Here is a picture of the start to balloon extravaganza.

 

 

*Cotton Snow Ball fight—

 

Simple activities to develop gross motor skills in children

 

Of course, if real snow is outside then go for a real snowball fight.  Though most of year real snow-balls aren’t an option.  Have a snowball fight instead.  You don’t have to worry about the cold. It’s easy cleanup and lots of fun.

-I’ve worked with some students before that were adverse to cold items.  Playing with cotton balls are a great way to play the game and mimic movements but not be in the cold weather.

 

 

 *Chalk

 

Activities to develop gross motor skills in children.

 

Draw Hop-scotch, Follow the line, make shapes, draw your favorite animal…. the ideas are endless.

The simple act of chalk drawing works the whole body in continuous up and down motions.

 


*Simon Says—

Simon says gets your little one moving and following directions at the same time.  Here are some movements that you can add beside –touch head, touch toe and so.

-Spin around

-Move like a robot

-Hop on one foot

-Skip

-Jump

 

Work together to develop gross motor skills in children

 

 

*Act like an Animal–

This is just like Simon Says but with animals.  In our house, we like this better than the tradition Simon Says.  It get’s the kids moving and learning about animals.  You can also have them make sounds as they move like that animal.  It’s tons of fun.

-Hop like a Bunny

-Gallop like a Horse

-Slither like a Snake

-Crawl like a bear

-Walk like an Elephant

-Fly like a bird ….. Anything you can think of.

 

 

*Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles

 

Activities to Develop Gross Motor Skills

 

What child doesn’t like bubbles??  I’ve never met one.  Children will naturally go towards bubbles.  They could walk towards them, reach, jump, stomp and grab the bubbles.  Anyway, they try and get the bubbles is movement.

 

 

 *Find the Shape—-

Cut shapes out of construction paper and put them all over the floor.  Ask your little one to get each shape.  Do different movements to get different shapes. Ex- Hop to the square.  They are walking, bending to pick up and identify shapes.  You can do this with any other picture you want.  Use transportation pictures, animal pictures, letters, and even numbers.  It’s a fun way for your child to learn and move.

 

 

 *Paper Plate Skating—

 

Simple activities to develop gross motor skills in children

Get some paper plates, step on them and do some skating.  This is a great exercise for the adults too.

 

 

 

         

 

*Bean Bag Toss—

We use our laundry baskets to toss the bean bags into.  You could use anything you like including cans, boxes etc.

 

 

 *Pillow Fight-

 

Activities to Develop Gross Motor Skills in Children.

That’s right, a good old fashion pillow fight.  You can put some pillows on the floor for cushions or just stay on the couch.  Kids love this because they think they’re doing something they’re not supposed to.

 

 

*Build a Fort

 

Activities to Develop Gross Motor Skills in Children

You can put some pillows on the floor for cushions or just stay on the couch.  Kids love this because they think they’re doing something they’re not supposed to.  Once the fort is built, children have to climb or crawl to get around.  Here is a picture of the latest fort.

 

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Related Reading

Activities to Build Fine Motor Skills in Preschoolers

Activities to Build Fine Motor skills for Toddlers

 

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 *Balls

Activities to Develop Gross Motor Skills in Children

 

Any way you use them it will build gross motor skills.  Throw, catch, kick or roll the ball.  Using a ball makes it easy to use those large muscles and build gross motor skills in children.

 

*Playground-

 

Activities to Develop Gross Motor skills in Children

 

The playground is made to build gross motor skills in children.  You don’t have to do anything else.  Let your child walk, run, climb and explore.

 

 

 

Children have a variety of individual strengthens and weakness.  Strengthening the upper body muscles is essential for development and control.  Use this list to work on building gross motor skills.

 

 

I’d love to hear some simple activities to develop gross motor skills that you do with your little one.  It’s always good to hear suggestions.

 

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2 Replies to “Simple Activities to Develop Gross Motor Skills in Children”

  1. These are all great activities! I love taking my kids walking in the forest, where they have to climb over rocks, roots and branches. The uneven walking ground is fantastic for gross motor skills! Plus there’s the additional perk of being outside and enjoying nature 🙂

    1. ExploreKidTalk says: Reply

      Ida that wonderful. You are spending time with family and helping to develop gross motor skills in children. Just by walking gin different areas on uneven ground they are working on balance and coordination too. So glad you liked the list. Enjoy!

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