April 4, 2013

Gross Motor Games {100 Days of Play}

I am thrilled to be taking part in the 100 Days of Play challenge hosted by Sun Scholars and Life at the Zoo.

The challenge is to take time every single day to play with your kids.  Life is busy, but it's never too busy to stop and PLAY!  Kids are only little for a short while, and I want to make the most of it.  Here are 10 simple homemade gross motor games you can play with your children today:

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Make a life sized, outdoor version of the cherised game and add a few twists for some gross motor fun!  supplies:  sidewalk chalk, bean bags

Who says you can only have snowball fights in the winter?  This game is fun all year round and is enjoyed by all ages.  supplies:  newpapers

We played this for the first time last winter, and earlier today I recreated the game and enjoyed some one on one time with my oldest son.  Please note that the ice needs to be prepped the night before.  supplies:  balloons, water, bowling pins or water bottle

A simple gross motor game for toddlers to teach color recognition.  supplies:  sidewalk chalk

Grab some pool noodles from the dollar store and set up a simple obstacle course, safe and fun for all ages.  supplies:  pool noodles, balls, chairs, domes (optional) 

6.  Ball Toss
Grab your kids' balls and a basket or two and toss them in!  supplies:  balls, baskets, buckets and/or bins

Simple ideas to use rhythm sticks, dowels or sticks found in the backyard to get moving and work on gross motor skills while having fun.  supplies:  rhythm sticks (dowels or other sticks may be used)

A great way to work on shapes and gross motor skills indoors or outdoors.  supplies:  painters tape or sidewalk chalk, bean bags

Games to play with music, perfect for kids of multiple ages.  supplies:  good music

Paint can hurdles and other simple ideas for an outdoor obstacle course to build gross motor skills and have fun!  supplies:  paint cans, jump ropes

For more ideas follow my Motor Development board on Pinterest.  

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  1. Wow! What a fabulous collection of games! I am especially loving the ice bowling. That is such a great idea! Thanks so much for being part of the 100 Days of Play Blog Hop!!! xoxo

  2. Thanks for the great collection of activities! I love the obstacle course ideas!

  3. We love obstacle courses here! Indoors and outdoors. Any weather, gross motor fun! Also a big fan of sidewalk chalk! Everyday we go out I need to write out the alphabet and 1-10 in a big circle so he can run around it!

  4. Simple but Wonderful thoughts.... MY votes for the best would be the ball toss and paint can hurdle :) Thanks for sharing !

  5. Allison, I just adored this post, and I pinned it the same day I originally read it! My little guy will love ice bowling, as well as the bean bag tic-tac-toe. Thanks for sharing at Stress-Free Sunday. :)

    Mary Catherine at Fun-A-Day!

  6. I remember making jumps like this as a child, lots of fun ideas here.

  7. Thanks for the great collection of activities!

  8. These are brilliant! I have three boys and all are very active and I always find it hard to think up simple stuff for them to do outside other than a obstacle course so this is a great go to list! Thanks for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party

  9. Hello again! As this was my fave post at the last Outdoor Play Party I'm featuring it this week. I hope you'll stop by and link up again tomorrow. Thanks Hannah

  10. Thanks for your cool games are very interesting.

  11. So many great suggestions here!! Pinning and making plans to try these with my boys at home and with some of the kids in my school based therapy practice too! Thanks!


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