All kids need to develop their gross motor skills and work their big muscles.
The easiest option is to go to a playground and let them climb. But if you don’t have one available or it’s too rainy, cold, or hot, it’s not doable.
Here are some great ideas to get your toddler or preschooler moving no matter the weather.
What Kinds of Activities Build Gross Motor Skills?
Any kind of movement of the large muscle groups can build your child’s gross motor skills.
Things like running, walking, jumping, climbing. All normal things kids do.
But also crawling, swinging a bat, balancing, and sometimes even stretching.
Play any kind of sport or do any kind of exercise like jumping rope or jumping jacks.
When Should Kids Work on Developing Gross Motor Skills?
Babies especially need to develop gross motor skills so they can learn to walk.
Toddlers are learning coordination and how to handle their own body.
One year olds and two year olds are ready for fun simple activities using their whole body.
Preschoolers are starting to be able to control their body a bit more.
And by three years old they’re ready to start playing fun games that help promote gross motor skills.
Kindergartners and older kids should still work on their gross motor skills and refine them.
Does Your Toddler or Preschooler Like to Play Gross Motor Games?
Let me know in the comments below!
Also if you have any other ideas for gross motor activities for toddlers and preschoolers, I’d love to hear them.