It’s usually pretty easy to get kids interested in engaging in activities that promote gross motor skills. But when the weather gets dicey, being stuck indoors can put a big damper on the whole physical activity thing.
Why not put together a neat little gross motor kit with these 5 items? The perfect gift to get kids moving – indoors or out!
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1 || Flaghouse Scooter
This scooter is TOUGH! It can be used on the driveway, in the garage, on wood or tile floors or in the basement on concrete. Kids can ride on their bottoms or bellies, fast or slow. Get a few for relay races! Have 2 kids sit on one scooter back to back and use teamwork to move it from one point to another. Find some more fun scooter ideas here!
2 || Bear Paw Creek Stretchy Band
Kids (and therapists!) LOVE this rainbow colored loop of pure fun! Kids can play a mean game of tug of war with their parents or climb over it and under it. Use it in combination with a scooter and take flight across the floor as one child gets some awesome heavy work by pulling another child!
Wrap the stretchy band around the ankles and have fun walking like different animals. The added resistance provides a powerful strengthening punch! Here are some other fun ways to play.
3 || Squigz
These little suction cup cuties are great on walls or windows. Stick them high, low and anywhere in between and have your child jump, squat, reach, and bend to retrieve them. BONUS hand strengthening to get them unstuck!
Use them as the object to retrieve in a relay race and have kids stick them together to make their own unique creations. Do Crab Crossovers to move them from one side of your body to another to strengthen up that core! Check out these creative ways to play with Squigz!
4 || Move Your Body Fun Deck Cards
This Fun Deck provides you with 58 ways to improve children’s strength, balance, coordination, and motor planning. Fun and colorful characters lead children through a variety of movement activities and skills. Challenge your kiddo by having him try to do 3 in a sequence to practice motor planning. Use dice, roll a number and perform that many repetitions.
5 || Champ Sport Cones
Jump over them, crab walk around them, do a different movement at each station marked with a cone. The possibilities are endless with these babies and they will be something your child will use forever!
So what do you think? Would your child love to open up a box filled with gross motor fun? What other favorite items would you add? Leave a comment below!
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