Even on nice days sometimes it’s hard to get your kids really moving and if your kids are anything like mine the harder they play the harder they sleep which is good for everyone! My son is all into military things right now so when I saw these loot bag parachute toys at the store I grabbed a pack and created this easy gross motor activity . Working on gross motor skills isn’t just about an easy bedtime for everyone, it’s about building confidence, coordination , balance and more. You could adapt this a million ways by simply changing what is on the parachutes.
- Gather your materials. You will need some parachute toys ( or make one !) , a permanent marker and an eager kiddo.
- My toys did not come assembled so I had to tie the wee little parachutes on to my brave plastic soldiers. If your child can tie them have them do it, it was amazing fine motor practice for me and will be for them too. If like my son they are still not quite there yet do NOT push them it will frustrate them and may end the activity before it even begins.
- Ok time to write some physical tasks. Keep the writing simple enough for them to read if they are starting to and use numbers to sneak in some math too.
- Take them outside. My daughter threw one and it didn’t get past the bushes but her bother didn’t care.
- He read the message and did jumping jacks on the spot.
- Then we took them down to the lawn and I threw them and he caught them after screaming ” Bombs Away!!” And got a great boot camp style work out, did a little reading and some counting too!
Great, creative idea. Will definitly be adding this activity to my bag of tricks. Thanks
What a fantastic idea!! Your kids such are lucky to have such a creative and fun mom 🙂
JDaniel4's Mom says
What a great way to get outside and get moving.
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You can use this same idea for lots of other things. I was just thinking a treasure hunt and writing clues for the next location. So fun! Vicky from http://www.messforless.net
Joyce @Childhood Beckons says
I absolutely love this idea! My son is frequently marching and such just because his daddy was a soldier and soldiers are cool 🙂 He’ll love this. By the way, I absolutely love the last picture where he’s doing a sit up. R looks like that during sit ups too! Haha
That is exactly why my son is so in love with everything military. I think we are even doing a military inspired birthday party this year.