Gross Motor skills involve the larger muscles in the arms, legs and torso. Gross motor activities include walking, running, throwing, lifting, kicking, etc. These skills also relate to body awareness, reaction speed, balance and strength. Gross motor development gives your child the ability to move in a variety of ways, the ability to control their body and helps promote your child’s self-esteem. Different gross motor activities make multiple demands beyond muscle movements.
The following are some activity ideas that can be used in the home or classroom environment:
∙ Walk on toes, heels, toes pointed in or out
∙ Animal walks – inch worm, crab walk, bear walk, bunny hop, frog leap, elephant walk
∙ Kickball, tether ball, balloon volleyball, basketball
∙ Playground – swings, slides, monkey bars, tire swing
∙ Balancing Games – walk on 2 x 4’s (on the flat side), curbs – forward, backwards, sideways, heel-to-toe, while balancing a beanbag on your head
∙ Jumping and hopping patterns – i.e. around obstacles, over things, Jumping jacks, snow angels