When it comes to parenting, many terms are thrown around. One such term is the ‘gross motor skill’ and what does that mean? According to Teaching Mama, gross motor skills are the abilities required to control large muscles for activities such as walking and jumping.
Working on their gross motor skills help young children gain confidence when they master their body movements and get to play sports well with their peers. Here’s how to help them improve their skills through fun play time!
1. Balloon tennis
This simple game just needs balloons and small rackets or fly swatters. The kids will enjoy hitting the balloons back and forth. There’ll be a lot of running and chasing so make sure the play area is empty and big enough to run about. The kids may even abandon the rackets altogether and hit the balloons with their bare hands when they excited!
2. Tic Tac Toss
It’s Tic Tac Toe coming to life! Sorta. Form the grid using masking tape on the floor. For the X’s and O’s, use different coloured bean bags to differentiate. All the kids need to do is to toss the bean bags into the squares.
There are many variations to set up tic tac toss. Parents can even use frisbees as the X’s and O’s.
3. Animal yoga
Even if you don’t introduce this to them, they would have done it in one way or another when they try to copy adult yoga moves. Show them a few simple poses to work on their body balance and to calm their mind. You can also refer to the printable from Nerdy Mamma for some ideas.
4. Passing a ball
Kids automatically love passing and throwing balls among themselves so adults don’t need to instruct them to do it. Provide them a good ball with some ground rules and they know what to do. If they are able to, you can get them to pass two balls in a circle. They just need adult supervision as always to make sure they don’t get injured.
If the kids get bored, switch it up by getting them to kick the balls or throw smaller balls into a goal made out of a bucket or laundry basket.
5. Scavenger Hunt
To set this up, the adult has to weave yarn strings around the room to form an obstacle course. Think of it like a spider web and laser combination. To make it even more fun, clip on each letter of their name separately on the yarn. The child has to collect all the papers as he or she makes their way through the obstacle course. Once it’s all collected, they have to rearrange the papers to spell their own name.
This game can be personalized to your liking such as instead of spelling their names, the kids can collect bugs on the ‘spider web’ or just simply see who reach the other end of the room the fastest. Also, they can just do a commando crawl under the strings.