It may be freezing outside but that just gives us the opportunity to practise our gross motor skills inside. It is also an opportunity to burn off that excess energy. We are therefore thrilled to be part of the Gross Motor Activities from A to Z Series hosted by Still Playing School. Check out the brilliant ideas for active indoor play.
We are letter O! The first gross motor activity that came to mind is the Olympics. So we spent an afternoon having our own indoor toddler Olympics.
Pool Noodle Javelin
I cut one pool noodle in half to create two javelins. I used electrical tape to indicate where Adam should stand in order to throw his javelin. Adam had other ideas though and decided to get his textured stepping stones and placed them on my marker. Throwing the javelin was great fun and an opportunity to practise turn taking.
Balloon Shot Put
I filled four balloons with the left over contents from our latest sensory bin and blew them up slightly. They created fantastic balls that were weighted, made a noise and had a wonderful texture. Using electrical tape I made a quick target board on the floor and demonstrated how Adam could throw the balloon like a shot put. After I finally distracted Adam from kicking the ball he even managed to throw a balloon into the number 3 section.
Pom Pom Hockey
We made a miniature version of hockey by using pom poms instead of a hockey ball. The hockey stick was made by pushing a lolly stick into a toilet roll. The object of the game was to knock the pom poms into the shopping basket. Our game ended up to involve knocking the pom poms off of the table.
Adam loves to jump. Unfortunately we have a water bed and his toddler bed has wooden slats underneath so I brought a mattress downstairs to be used as a trampoline. Ironically Adam took one look at it, grabbed a book and spent the next half an hour laying down looking at books! Once he started jumping though there was no stopping him.
Toddler Long Jump
We incorporated the DIY trampoline and the shot put target into one activity. Adam had to jump off of the trampoline mattress and see what number he could land on. He then adapted the activity. He started on a number and attempted to jump back onto the mattress. This was not an easy but after practising several times he managed to jump from number 3!
Don’t forget to check out the 24 other gross motor activities in this amazing series.
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