Inside: Burn energy while building a variety of important skills with these fun winter gross motor activities!
Toddlers and preschoolers seem to have an extra amount of energy in the winter .
Perhaps it’s coming off of the holidays.
Or perhaps it’s because we might not be getting them outdoors as much as normal due to the weather.
One of the most popular questions in my Facebook group is how to burn energy during the winter months, so I thought I’d put together a fun collection you can add to your day.
Many of these activities work on other skills as well!
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Fun Winter Gross Motor Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
These gross motor activities vary in skill requirements, so make sure to choose those that will work best with your children.
Snowball Roll: Talk about what you need to build a snowman and roll the ball over the floor to that part. (The Inspired Treehouse)
Indoor Obstacle Course: 20 super fun ideas that are perfect for snowy months. (How Wee Learn)
Snowy Winter Dice Game: This movement dice gives kids a way to get their wiggles out indoors. (3 Dinosaurs)
Snowball Sweep Alphabet Game: Work on letter sounds while developing gross motor skills. (Fun Learning for Kids)
Topple the Snowman: Make a snowman out of a variety of bodes and knock it over. (The Inspired Treehouse)
Penguin Plunge: Expose your children to the alphabet while studying polar animals. (Fun Learning for Kids)
Snowball Pick-Up: Scatter cotton balls over the floor and pick them up with tweezers. (Modern Preschool)
Get Ready for Snow Gross Motor Game: As children run a circuit through the room, they keep adding layers of winter clothing. (Paper and Glue)
Polar Bear Alphabet Walk: A fun way to work on letter recognition with a polar bear theme. (Growing Book by Book)
Winter Themed Scooter Board Activity: Scoot around to pick up the snowflakes and place them on the tree. (Growing Hands On Kids)
Snowman Toss Game: Work on aim while tossing “snowballs” through the hanging snowman. (Toddler Approved)
Frozen Balancing Game: Work on balancing and number recognition with a snowflake that is taped to the floor. (No Time for Flashcards)
Winter Gross Motor Activities Collections
Ways to Get Your Kids Moving Indoors (Teach Preschool)
19 Gross Motor Activities for Cold Winter Days (Learning Through Experiences)
Winter Games Gross Motor Activities (Pink Oatmeal)
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