Inside: Here is our collection of favorite toys that help develop large motor skills with toddlers and preschoolers. We use these toys daily in our school gym, but they can also be used at home, and some can be used outdoors as well.
It’s important that children work the large groups of muscles in their arms and legs. At our preschool, we make sure our toddlers and preschoolers get time outdoors and in our gym. We researched carefully before buying our toys that help develop large motor skills. In this collection, I’ve included our favorites.
I’d love to hear what your children’s favorite large motor toys are! Please share in the comments section!
Favorite Toys that Help Develop Large Motor Skills
We have a variety of balls from small to large and they are all loved by our preschoolers! Playground balls are very durable. We’ve had them for years and have only needed to replace a couple of them.
It takes awhile to get the knack of balancing the hoop and swinging it around the waist, but this is a favorite even if that skill hasn’t been mastered yet. We use them to roll across the room (and then chase them!) and on the floor to hop in and out of. They’ve been part of obstacle courses and have been turned into cars and horses and trains.
Tossing balls into basketball hoops is an important large motor toy because preschoolers need to use both legs, both arms, and cross over the midline of the body.
Bouncy balls (also known as Hoppity Hops and Hippity Hop Balls) are a good way to develop balance and body coordination. They work well indoors and out!
The wood rocking boat is loved by all our preschoolers! It seats 2-4 children. When you turn it over, it becomes a set of stairs.
Here are some good articles about the importance of large motor play:
More active ideas for young children: