Today we’re talking about gross motor skills and activities for 2 and 3-year-olds!
By age 2, most kids are on the move! They run, they jump, they climb – you name it. In fact, kids this age move so much that we get tired just watching them!
Looking to burn up some of that 2 and 3-year-old energy while working on the gross motor skills they’ll need as they grow and develop? We’ve got lots of great ideas for you today!
Gross Motor Activities for 2 and 3-Year-Olds
1 || Play Feed the Frogs! Make cut-outs of frogs (or find them at the Dollar Store in the teachers’ section with bulletin board decorations). Place some craft pompoms (the “flies”) at the top of a few stairs or up on a surface that the child will have to climb onto. Encourage the child to climb or step up to retrieve a fly and then squat down to put the fly into one of the frog’s mouths! This addresses balance, coordination, motor planning, strengthening, and even fine motor skills!
2 || Jump! Let your little one jump down off of surfaces of different heights or try this fun tape jumping game from Hands On : As We Grow!
3 || Ride a tricycle! Try one of these fun tricycle racing games for kids! Tricycle polo?? So much fun!
4 || Walk like an animal with one of these fun ideas from B-Inspired Mama!
5 || Working on balance can be fun with activities like this line balancing activity from Teach Preschool. Or try walking and crawling on unsteady or uneven surfaces with this fun idea from We Can Do All Things.
6 || Playing with streamers is the perfect way to target coordination and body awareness.
8 || Work on a whole slew of gross motor skills at once with a great obstacle course like this one from Learn Play Imagine!
Let us know if you try one of these fun gross motor activities with your little one at home or in the classroom! We’d love to hear your ideas of fun ways to get toddlers and preschoolers moving! Share with us on our Facebook page or email us at [email protected]
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