There are tons of fun and simple ways to promote gross motor skills in your child between ages 1 and 2. And the best part of kids at this age is that they’re interested in everything, which makes it easy to get their attention and engage in exploration, climbing, and learning about how their bodies move in space.
Here are some of our favorite ways to promote gross motor development in your 1 to 2-year-old!
1 – Try one of these fun balance challenges for one-year-olds from My Life and Kids!
2 – Practicing crawling or walking over pillows is awesome for strength, balance, body awareness, and coordination.
3 – Check out these creative ways to use blocks for gross motor activities!
4 – Walking and squatting/bending to pick up objects helps little ones learn how to regain their balance when they’re on the move!
5 – Work in some gross motor fun before bed with this fun bedtime activity!
6 – Practice stepping up onto a 2 to 4-inch surface (a curb or low step).
7 – Make a giant shape sorter like this one from Pink Oatmeal! Have your child walk and squat to retrieve an object off of the floor to put in the correct shape!
8 – Place favorite toys/objects at the top of the steps and have the child crawl/climb up (with supervision) to retrieve them and bring them back down to put in a box/basket at the bottom of the steps.
9 – Set up a baby obstacle course like this one from Octavia and Vicky to get your little one moving and shaking!
10 – How about jumping through some hoops? Younger kids will love this fun circus-themed movement activity!