So you want to be in the circus! Today, we have 3 fun gross motor and balance activities for kids that will be sure to wake up those gross motor skills. Come along for some awe inspiring fun!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: scooter(s), paper plates
WHAT TO DO:
1. CIRCUS ACROBATS: Have your child imagine they are the star of the acrobats! Can they complete this show-stopping line up? Somersault (forward and backward), cartwheel, one handed cartwheel, head or handstand, leapfrog with a partner, splits, a giant leap? If they are very talented, can they do several of the same move in a row across the floor?
2. WORLD’S TALLEST CHILD: Adding one paper plate at a time, see how many he can balance on his head without dropping them making him taller and taller! Can he stand on his tip toes at the very end for an extra inch or two? Once he’s mastered paper plates, try balancing other items such as bean bags, pillows, or styrofoam cups. Still too easy? Challenge him to walk around while balancing the objects on his head!
3. CLOWN CAR RACES: In this fun activity, kids will race their scooters from point A to point B using their arms and legs. But let’s put a clown twist on this game! Can kids kneel on the scooter while it zooms? Can they scoot forward on their bellies? Try scooting backwards and spinning in circles! Can one clown pull or push another clown? If you have more than one scooter, can you link them together and see how many clowns can fit on one long scooter while it cruises?
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Balance, bilateral coordination, coordination, endurance, motor control, posture, gross motor skills, trunk stability
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