Warm weather is already tapering off , rain has been pounding down in many areas but kids still need to move, burn off energy and have fun doing it! Over the years we’ve gathered many gross motor activities for preschoolers and all of these can be done rain or shine in your home.
The Easy Balance Beam shown above is as simple as can be but offers a million possibilities . We’ve been pirates, played Simon Says on the beam, even played statue while standing on one leg.
This Musical Hearts Game is a wonderful and fun way to incorporate listening, reading and shapes into a gross motor activity. We played this often last winter and can’t wait to include my daughter in on the fun now that she is running and jumping too.
What could be more fun than knocking down your brother or sister and not getting in trouble? This Family Bowling Game lets your kids have fun knocking down custom made bowling pins while they work on gross motor skills and coordination .
Combine color matching with a classic bean bag toss with our Color Toss activity. Encourage your kids to toss the bags from further and further away as they master it.
Like the musical hearts game this simple activity turns physical tasks like jumping jacks , crab walk and high kicks into a game. The Batman get up is purely optional.
Block Basket Ball has been revived at our house with my toddler. My son loved popping these blocks into the garbage bin and now my daughter likes to play it with bean bags and a basket. Seriously simple, but they gobble it up!
I made indoor hopscotch squares for my toddler son (he calls it “hotsauce”). I used leftover cotton quilt batting (felt would work well too), and double sided steam a seam and leftover quilt fabric. I printed numbers in 300 point font, then put the steam a seam on the number fabric, cut out the numbers and steam a seamed them to the main fabric, which i then steam a seamed to the batting. They are great for hopscotch, running to numbers, and just hopping around on. We’ve been having great fun with them for weeks!!
Family bowling game? Brilliant!
JDaniel4's Mom says
I love the family bowling game!
Sue Stirling says
Where would I be without you!!! I am a Kindergarten teacher and we are coming to the end of our school term (my first one ever as a Teacher!!). This idea is great as I can also include some aspects I can assess like hopping/jump using two feet! Brilliant just brilliant!
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These are fabulous ideas to keep kids moving when it’s freezing outside. I have some gross motor activities on my blog to encourage walking. Hopefully my little guy will be able to do some of these activities soon.