Gross Motor Activities

A delay in development of gross motor skills can affect children for many years. It is important for young children to continue to develop and improve their gross motor skills from a young age. Since gross motor skills involve the big muscles of the body, the best way for young children to develop and improve their gross motor skills is through play and activities. A child will remain more engaged if the gross motor activities are fun and interactive.


There are some toys that will help a child work on their gross motor skills, but these toys are often costly, bulky and hard to store.  Also because of the wide variety of gross motor skills, multiple toys are often necessary. It is best to use basic items, many of which are in your own home, to work on building and improving gross motor skills. Another benefit to completing homemade gross motor activities, instead of just playing with a toy is that created to improve gross motor skills, is that activities can be rotated on a regular basis. Another benefit to creating your gross motor activities is that you can change just a minor aspect of the activity to make it seem new! It also makes it easier to work on developing other skills your child may need to improve.

Many items you can find around your house can be used to develop and improve gross motor skills. Some of these items include:

  • socks filled with beans
  • Ball
  • baskets
  • large 2×4 or 4×4 (piece of wood)
  • small pieces of 2×4 or 4×4
  • hoops

In order to make working on gross motor activities easy it is best to make a gross motor kit. In the kit it would be best to have a binder or folder with a list of activities that your child could do so you can check off activities as your child completes them. You can also make notes on how your child does. This way you know activities are being rotated. It may also help to put notes and suggestions from your child’s Physical Therapist (if they have one) for other gross motor activities to complete. If possible, group each gross motor activity in a ziploc bag or container so you just have to pull out the bag or container to complete the activity.

January 10, 2012 This post was written by Categories: Gross Motor Information No comments yet

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