If you’re a regular reader here at The Inspired Treehouse, you know that we’re always on the lookout for creative gross motor play ideas for kids – especially on Movement Monday!
Today is no exception and we’ve asked our friends over at Eager Ed to be our guests to share some of their brilliant play ideas that will get kids moving in unique and creative ways! We can’t wait to see what they came up with! Take it away, Emily!
Lauren and Claire have kindly asked us to share some fun activities to promote gross motor skills. We love moving and are super excited to share!
Bubble wrap is one of those spectacular things kiddos (and me!) cannot resist. Whenever we get a package delivered the kiddos go straight for the bubble wrap, often ignoring the actual item that it was wrapped around.
This got me thinking – it could be the perfect tool to keep us motivated to move. I ordered a giant roll of blue bubble wrap and when it arrived at our door, we could not wait to start exploring all the fun ways to get moving with it.
Check out two of our favorite gross motor activities with bubble wrap: Rolling Pin Races and Popping Paws! Be sure to click back over to Eager Ed to check out more gross motor fun with bubble wrap – an activity called Fish Whack, complete with a free printable!
Rolling Pin Races – We tasked the kiddos with coming up with items around the house that, when rolled onto the bubble wrap, would produce the most popping.
We tried toy buses, a shopping cart, baby doll strollers, and then it came to us – rolling pins! We laid a few long “tracks” of bubble wrap onto the floor and handed over the rolling pins.
The kiddos got down on all fours, lining up on one side of their bubble wrap tracks, and when we said go rolled as fast as they could to the other side. This quickly became a contest to see who could make the most noise with their popping.
They found the harder they pushed, the more pops they got. It was a great workout!
Popping Paws – We behaved extra silly for this gross motor activity. I took four square strips of the bubble wrap and folded each in half.
Then I wrapped one around each extremity and taped them on using packing tape. I encouraged them to pretend they were lions and tigers and they crawled around giggling until the bubble wrap pops gave out.