“Play Learn and Develop Grossly: Gross Motor Development Activities”

The most important thing you can do is to give children the time, space, and opportunity to move and understand what is lacking in your child. If you feel that your child is delayed from the expected milestone you should consult medical health professionals and start doing gross motor activities. The activities which I am going to discuss with you will not be going to harm your child, in fact, it will help in boosting milestones and understand the pattern of development.

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Younger children of 3-6 years of age can start developing ball skills by practicing to throw and catch a balloon with two hands. Reducing the size of the balloon overtime increases the challenge.

  • Fly like Superman

  • (on tummy with arms and legs off the ground) this is a brilliant activity for toddlers for gaining core strengthening
  • Riding cycles

Again for bilateral coordination skills, visual motor skills, core strengthening, and more, riding bikes is an excellent summer gross motor activity. And even for the smaller ones, these Stridor balance bikes are awesome, as it increases bilateral coordination and enhances motor planning skills into toddlers

  • Try walking at different speeds – super slow, slow, normal, fast, and super-fast tell your child to walk fast and show him then about alow .this will boost the command following skills, learning new things.
  • Freeze Dance very commonly used activity in which we make a circle of 4-5 children either play music or with clapping activity. tell your child to freeze .this activity can be done in the meltdown also but first, you need to do it before in normal routine=e to make your child learn about the freeze game rules

Pick The Fruit

For this activity, you’ll need some string or garden with trees, a tree or fence, and a variety of soft, light objects. You will also need a basket, bag, or box. Tie pieces of yarn or string to the lower branches of a tree or the tops of fence posts. Loosely attach an item at the other end of the yarn or string. Give your child a basket, bag, or box, and have them pick the “fruit” from the tree If you are feeling especially creative, you can draw fruits on paper plates or cut them out of card and hang them. Alternatively, you can use toy plastic fruits, but they can be tricky to tie to the tree.this will be involved the gross involvement stretching, using all muscle identification and recognition.

Obstacle course

Place the pillows one after the other on the floor, to make the path. At the end of the pillows take a stack of a little toy box she climbs up and over, and then a bigger ramp that she crawls up to make it to the top ramp can be made up of a roll of your carpet. Cut out some exciting shapes and silhouettes of animals. Paste them on the chart paper. Place the chart paper on the floor, at the end of the ramp l. After the chart paper, place the tent with baby’s favorite toys in it. Guide the baby through the course if he gets confused.

Cleaning up the room

Did you know, cleaning up the room can be an excellent gross and fine motor skill activity for the toddler? Make sure to use all the things which are well known by your kid otherwise the child will confuse .catter the toddler’s toys on the floor. Let the toddler walk into the room. Walk along with a laundry basket and ask the toddler to pick only soft toys. The toddler picks and drops them in the basket. After soft toys, you can ask him to pick other objects and items. You can place household items like plastic bowls, etc. and ask the toddler to collect them as well. This is activity builds best for fine motor and gross motor development

Bubble through the loop Let your toddler hold the hula hoop and stand three feet away from you. Stand facing the toddler and make bubbles. The toddler then walks quickly from the opposite direction to get as many bubbles as he can through the hula hoop. Let your child first burst the bubble so that he can understand the activity. And the moment u blow the bubble the child step forward clings and bursts the bubble. this activity will enhance the coordination as well as the use of multiple muscles

“The true object of human life is play “! G K Chesterton

Walk on the bubble wrap

What is more fun than bursting bubble wrap? Stomping them with tiny feet! Spread out the bubble wrap on the floor. Ask your toddler to go barefoot and take one step a time. The bubble popping under his feet can be exciting and encouraging too. Once he has walked enough, he can jump around on the bubble wrap making more bubbles pop. this will enhance coordination skills. attention skills

Musical chairs

These are not just meant for birthday parties. They can be a great way to exercise a toddler’s motor skills. This activity is an alert bursting as well as relaxing and heavy work activities for toddlers Place chairs in a straight line, with one alternating the other in direction. So if the first chair faces left the second chair faces right and so on. Toddlers run around the chairs in a queue for as long the music plays. When the music stops, a toddler sits on the chair closest to them. The one who does not get a chair gets eliminated. A chair is also removed with each elimination. As the game progresses, there are a few chairs and players left. The one who sits on the last chair wins the game.


Let your child drag a heavy ball wit target point you can adapt the activity by switching some toy on the ball and let your child drop at a targeted point.

Trampoline jumping

bouncing on a trampoline and tell your child to hold the ball and make him jump for 10 sec initially as the days pass to increase the time duration depending upon any respiratory or cardiac dysfunction.

Play tug of war

where you and your child hold opposite ends of a rope and try to pull each other over.

Set up a fun obstacle course in the lounge room where your child has to run over uneven surfaces (eg. put down rugs, pillows), avoid obstacles and climb over and under furniture. Modify the course depending on what your child enjoys

Beanbag Toss

Playing with beanbags is another good way to work on eye-hand coordination. You can also replace beanbags with softballs or even handmade balls or beanbags (stuffed material). Find a target such as a laundry basket or a box. Use a target with a large opening for younger children. Take turns aiming and throwing the beanbags into the basket and counting how many got in each time. Slowly move the target further away, or make it smaller (e.g. use a small bin).

Balloon Toss

Blow up some balloons and play a game of Balloon Toss. The object is to see how long you and your child can keep the balloon in the air for, by tossing it back and forth, before it drops to the ground. Time each round and see how long you last. When you can go for at least a minute, try lifting two balloons in the air and keeping them both in the air.


This is an old favorite of our childhood. Hopscotch is best played outside by drawing the squares with jumbo chalk on concrete or paving.

Here is an example of the formation of squares, but you can change this. Take turns with your child jumping through the squares – hop on one foot on single squares and jump with two feet into double squares (one foot in each square). When you get to the end, turn around and hop back to the start. You can add multiple commands depending upon your child’s like tell your child to walk only on line. Tell your child like what 1+1 lets your child answer the question let him jump on the block!

  • Crawl across the floor whilst blowing a balloon
  • Make planks fun by moving bean bags from inside a circle to outside while maintaining the plank position, tell and display the plank position and let your child the bean nab in plank position let him toss!

Catch The Ribbon

Grab a length of ribbon and run around outside with the ribbon trailing behind you. Encourage your toddler or preschooler to catch the ribbon. You can either hold the ribbon in your hand and twirl it at different heights and directions or tuck it into your waistband for an easier catch.

Laser beam light

Take a laser beam light pen and Choose an area for play and criss-cross your yarn, string, or tape to create a series of lines across the room. Be sure to leave enough room between your laser beams for your child to climb through. Challenge your child to make their way from one spot to another without touching the “laser beams.”

Hold and carry

This is another variation of the point-to-point type of gross motor skill activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Create a pile of items such as teddy bears, empty boxes, or another soft, light item. Encourage your child to walk between two bases, collecting another item at each base. Your little one can carry them in their arms or older children can balance them on their heads. For some variation, get your child to hop, skip, walk backward, or jump between bases.

It is important to remember that children develop at different rates and can reach gross motor milestones at varying ages! Did you find this article useful? Pin to share it with others

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