Gross Motor Development Activity: Create Your Own Roller Coaster Ride
Ok, lets have some fun today! In my career as an OT (and also as a mom who encourages her kids to explore anything and everything), I have never come across a child who does not like to move! Sometimes the simplest gross motor activities can be the most fun. So find some kids and a sheet, and lets go!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Sheet (any size)
WHAT DO DO: Spread a sheet (any size) on a wood or tile floor, or outside on the grass. Instruct one child to sit cross-legged on the sheet and grasp the the edges on either side of his body (or slightly in front of his body to help with balance). Instruct the other child to lift the corner of the sheet, give a tug, and off they go! The children can take turns pulling each other throughout the house, hallways, or even on grass as fast as their strong arms can move them:)
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-Make an obstacle course to pull the sheet and roller coaster rider through (use cones so they have to weave in and out)
-Incorporate imaginary play. For the younger child, make the activity into “superheros”! Could they be Batman pulling the man to safety away from the Joker? How about Wonderwoman? Capes optional :) What about a fireman carrying a very heavy hose over their shoulder?
-Once everyone has had a turn, mom or teacher could give a double ride as a reward
What other creative ways can you use a simple sheet to make a fun game or activity for kids? Feel free to comment below…..
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Endurance, grasp, gross motor development, posture, proprioception, sensory integration, social skills, strength, trunk stability
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