During car rides over the summer months, kids are completely fascinated by the bugs that get smashed on the windshield. But, they are even more impressed by the ones that hang on for dear life and make it all the way until the car stops, watching them fly away – free! Here are 3 fun gross motor activities where little ones get to try their hand at staying on the “windshield” when presented with different movement challenges. Here’s some summer gross motor activities.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Swing, couch cushion, or half inflated beach ball (any uneven surface), scooter board
WHAT TO DO:
1. Have your child lay on his back and place his legs straight into the air. Have him move his legs side to side like windshield wipers (keeping his legs straight). An amazing core workout!
2. Have your child stand on either a regular swing or tire swing and hold on tight! Can they imitate a bug on the windshield of a moving car by holding on tight to the swing while you give it a push? What if the car speeds up? What if it slows down? If you do not have access to a swing, have your child stand on an uneven surface such as a semi inflated beach ball or a couch cushion. Can they stay on when you give them some gentle pushes?
3. Have your child lay on his stomach on a scooter board in the driveway or on any other flat surface. Holding his arms and legs up off the ground, give your child a push and see if he can stay on his scooter like a bug clinging to the windshield during the ride. Another great activity for core strength and balance!
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Balance, coordination, endurance, gross motor skills, sensory integration, strength, trunk stability