Gross motor skills activities

Definition of gross motor skills: Using large groups of muscles to do different physical activities such as sitting, standing, walking, running, throwing, kicking, maintaining balance, and changing positions. These activities encourage kids to practice their gross motor skills.

57 Gross motor skills activities

The Greeting Game

Game by: sumana

Ages: 30 to 60 months

Time:

This group activity teaches children to politely greet one another.

Beach Memories

Arts & Crafts by: Linda O

Ages: 18 to 60 months

Time: 2 hours 15 mins

Create a memory piece from time at a tide pool or on the beach.

Golf Ball Painting

Arts & Crafts by: masamom

Ages: 30 to 60 months

Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Explore different painting methods.

The Number Card Game

Game by: masamom

Ages: 24 to 60 months

Time: 20 mins

Incorporate number recognition with physical activities.

What Shapes Roll?

Experiments by: Susanna

Ages: 18 to 60 months

Time: 20 mins

Find out what kinds of shapes will roll on a ramp.

Bouncing Balls

Experiments by: masamom

Ages: 24 to 60 months

Time: 30 mins

Experiment with different sports balls to determine which balls bounce.

Pumpkin, Pumpkin

Poems & Rhymes by: masamom

Ages: 24 to 60 months

Time: 10 mins

Rhyme about pumpkins and pumpkin pie.

Balloon Fight!

Game by: Susanna

Ages: 12 to 60 months

Time: 15 mins

Have some family fun with this rowdy indoor game to work out your kid's energy.

1,2,3 Get Dressed Game

Game by: masamom

Ages: 24 to 60 months

Time: 30 mins

Encourage children to select clothes and dress independently.

Chore Jar Game

Game by: masamom

Ages: 36 to 60 months

Time: 30 mins

Encourage kids to help with household chores by turning housework into a simple game.

Sailor Went to Sea

Poems & Rhymes by: Veer2014

Ages: 24 to 60 months

Time:

Classic British nursery rhyme that can be used as a clapping game or jump-rope rhyme.

Go or Ghost?

Game by: Bijou

Ages: 36 to 60 months

Time: 5 mins

Variation on "red light / green light" that teaches listening skills and patience.

I Have No Idea

Song by: Bijou

Ages: 36 to 60 months

Time: 2 mins

Song created by a 9, 7 and 3 year-old during a summer playdate. Originally accompanied by a triangle, tambourine, and harmonica.

Witch Hat Ring Toss

Game by: masamom

Ages: 24 to 60 months

Time: 15 mins

Develop gross motor skills with this silly seasonal game.

Toilet Paper Ghost Knockdown

Game by: masamom

Ages: 24 to 60 months

Time: 15 mins

Develop gross motor skills with this seasonal game.

Build a Human Snowman

Game by: masamom

Ages: 36 to 60 months

Time: 15 mins

Use craft supplies to create an indoor snowman in this seasonal game.

New Year's Countdown Balloon Pop

Game by: masamom

Ages: 24 to 60 months

Time: 6 hours

Countdown the hours until New Year's with these family activities.

Pin the Star on the Christmas Tree

Game by: masamom

Ages: 24 to 60 months

Time: 15 mins

Enjoy this silly seasonal version of a classic childhood game.

Water Bottle Bowling

Game by: masamom

Ages: 24 to 60 months

Time: 15 mins

Pass the time on a rainy day with indoor bowling.

Indoor Puddle Jumping

Game by: masamom

Ages: 24 to 60 months

Time: 15 mins

Enjoy mess-free puddle jumping inside on a rainy day.