Now that we’ve talked about the importance of fine motor skills and why it’s important for child development, now let’s cover gross motor skills.
What Are Gross Motor Skills?
Motor Skills Definition
Fine motor skills are the smaller muscle movements like using the fingers, hands, and wrists, as well as feet and toes.
Gross motor skills are skills that move the large muscles in the body, like the arms and legs.
Motor Skills Examples
Examples of gross motor skills are swimming, running, walking, and climbing.
Fine motor skills include things like holding a pencil or blowing bubbles.
Why Are Motor Skills Important?
Developing motor skills should be an important part of your children’s learning.
Motor skills help children develop, not just physically, but also cognitively. It also helps children develop social and emotional skills that will help them deal with every day life.
For preschool age (especially 3-5), it’s important to present motor skills activities that will help with both fine motor skills and gross motor skills. It builds muscle strength, but also helps with confidence as they become more aware of what they can accomplish.
Motor Skills Activities
Large muscle activities are easy to include in your child’s day. Children will naturally exercise gross motor skills by simply playing on a playground.
But, if you’re looking for fun motor skills activities and ideas, check out this fun gross motor skill activities list to help with motor skills development.
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27 SUPER FUN Large Muscle Gross Motor Activities for Motor Development
• Play hopscotch
• Roll down a hill
• Go skating
• Ride bicycles
• Host a fun dance party
• Create a ninja obstacle course
• Jump on the trampoline
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• Set up home bowling
• Dance and dust
• Paint a fence (with water)
• Host a kickball party
• Go on a nature hike scavenger hunt
• Hula hoop
• Fly a kite
• Go to a climbing wall
• Throw frisbees
• Play flashlight tag.
• Walk the dog
• Pretend to be an animal in the jungle
• Play in a ball pit
• Have a sack race
• Stomp in a shallow stream
• Go swimming
• Play water balloon toss
• Balance on a balancing beam
• Play move and freeze (video bel0w)
These are just a few examples and gross motor (large muscle) activities are only limited by your imagination!
Get out and get creative with your kids!