Inside: These indoor movement activities require minimal supplies to keep your child moving around and entertained when they cannot go outside. A great way to strengthen large motor skills!
We all know the importance of allowing a child to get their wiggles out.
Besides allowing them to feel satisfied and calmer afterwards, moving around in large motions is very important for a young child’s development.
Large motor movements are important for their abilities such as hand-eye coordination and flexibility.
However, going outside to run around is unfortunately not always an option.
Below are some gross motor activities that can be done safely indoors, while only requiring simple materials to make setting up even easier!
Indoor Movement Activities for Preschoolers
Dance to Action Songs – Dance to children’s music that contain actions like hopping like a bunny!
Ocean Animal Yoga – These yoga poses for children are themed around ocean animals such as turtles and jellyfish. (Kids Yoga Stories)
Laundry Basket Skee Ball – Set up laundry baskets to be worth different ‘points’ for preschoolers to throw or roll balls into. (Frugal Fun 4 Boys)
Easy Balance Beam – Place a line of tape down on the ground to become a safe balance beam to walk, hop, or skip across. (Fun Learning for Kids)
Hallway Laser Maze – Tape streamers, ribbon, or yarn to your hallway walls in various positions for kids to try to maneuver through without touching the materials. (It’s Always Autumn)
Lego Ring Toss – Stack towers of Lego Duplos or other bricks to try to toss some sort of ring around from a distance. (Stir the Wonder)
Body Movement Dice – Print out these movement dice to create various movement combinations. (Life Over C’s)
Follow the Line – Put tape or yarn down on the floor for preschoolers to follow across with their feet. (Little Bins for Little Hands)
Box Jumping – Place some painter’s tape down on the ground and invite preschoolers to jump from box to box. (Mama Papa Bubba)
Gross Motor Bingo – Call out different movements for children to do and check off of their bingo boards. (The Inspired Treehouse)
Indoor Obstacle Course – Use toys and furniture to set up your own indoor obstacle course for kids to complete. (How to Run a Home Daycare)
Name Hop – Write each letter of your child’s name on paper plates and place them on the floor, calling out various letters of it for them to hop to. (Fantastic Fun and Learning)
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