Musical Hearts Game

musical hearts gross motor game for kidsWe aren’t stuck in a snowstorm but we are stuck waiting for our furnace to be fixed and moving keeps us warm and having fun.  You can write anything on your hearts from numbers they need to identify, to physical tasks like we did to something trickier for older kids. Customize it to your child and have fun.

  1. Gather your materials. I am using foam hearts because they stand up well to being stepped and walked on, but paper would do in a pinch, just dont’ expect it to be used more than once.  You will also need a marker and some music you can pause easily.Preschool Movement Activity
  2. Write out different tasks for your child to do when they come to this heart – mine were mostly physical things: Jump on one foot, crab walk, 5 push ups, break dance etc.. I also included sing the ABCs and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  Preschool Movement Activity
  3. Lay the hearts out face down in a circle. Preschool Movement Game
  4. Start the music and play. It’s just like musical chairs only when the music stops you do the task on the heart that you were standing on when you stopped. We had a blast! He preferred Bon Jovi to kids music so we were rockin’ out!

I would let them walk ( to the music) longer than we did for the video, we were trying to get a good snapshot for the post. After I put the camera down we all played for another full round.  Fun family time !

Homemade Balance Beam

homemade balance beam
Activities like this are insanely easy to do , and so beneficial. Using a balance beam is a great gross motor activity that of course encourages development of balance but it also is fantastic at confidence building, and you don’t need to go to a gym class to do all that!

  1. Gather your materials. I am using a left over 2 x 4 my husband had in the garage. I made sure it was smooth before bringing it inside.
  2. I popped it on my rug and that’s it !
  3. We pretended to be pirates walking the plank, sneaky foxes on our tippy toes and played follow the leader all using this little piece of wood.
Sometimes the very simplest things are the most fun !

 

Not Quite The NBA !

Weekend Re-Post
This post from February seemed perfect for the nasty weather we have today.
Have a great weekend and remember a new post will be up Monday!


Block Basketball

This simple activity is a great alternative to tv during extra early mornings, rainy days or just to have fun!
  1. Gather your materials. I used soft blocks, with my 15 month old because they are easy to grab but don’t roll away. With little guys rolling balls can be frustrating if they roll away as they are trying to make a basket. Bean Bags are great for this too!
  2. Get something to be the basket, I am using a small clean garbage can because my son has a slight obsession and he was in heaven , also it’s light and easy to handle. Laundry baskets, buckets and even just a target on the floor works too.
  3. Start playing. With little guys simply fill and spill , while they are handling a certain color label it for them, encourage them and toss some in yourself! Practice taking turns , it’s a great side lesson.
  4. For older children the sky is the limit, You can ask them to pop in a certain color, or even give them riddles to figure out. Like ” can you throw the bean bag that is the same color as mommy’s shirt?” Also you can grab a tape measure and see if you can make a basket at 1 foot away, 2 feet away…3 feet away! Or even just see who can make the most baskets in a row!

** This is a great group or circle time activity, although I would not throw the blocks or bean bags at circle time. You can have the children take the colors out, or put them in and identify them as they do. You can also use other objects that follow your curriculum such as different models of sea life or shapes! The sky is the limit and kids love this type of activity so much they forget they are learning! **