Gross Motor Activities

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Regular gross motor activities should be an essential part of every child’s life.

Through play, through games, and through sport, children should be developing their gross motor skills to prepare them for the demands of school such as handwriting, concentrating, following instructions, sport skills and team work.

Staying active through gross motor exercise can also help children avoid the obesity that can come through inactivity.

View a quick description of the gross motor activities on my site by clicking on the quick links below:


Core and Shoulder Girdle Exercises

Your child’s core muscles are vital to good performance in the classroom. Without a stable core, he/she will struggle to sit still at a desk and to carry out fine motor tasks.

Try these core exercises with your child to strengthen the trunk muscles.

Strong shoulder muscles are needed to help fine motor skills to develop well.

These shoulder exercises work on strengthening the muscles of the shoulder girdle.

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Bilateral And Hand-Eye Coordination

Bilateral coordination is the ability to use both sides of the body together in a coordinated way and is essential for many childhood tasks.

Try these bilateral coordination ideas.

Hand-eye coordination is an important skill that affects handwriting and ball skills.

Try these hand-eye coordination activities.

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Classroom Exercises

Useful information and free printable PDF's with gross motor exercises that can be done at the desk and on the mat in the classroom.

Compiled from various pages throughout my site, these free printables are suitable for teachers and homeschool moms of preschool to elementary kids. Access the information here!

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Bean Bag Games

These games and activities use bean bags as a fun prop to boost various gross motor skills.

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Scheduling Gross Motor Activities

There is no hard and fast rule about how often to do these activities. It depends on your child's abilities and also on your family's lifestyle. Take a look at your family’s daily and weekly routine.

Each family is different and you need to decide what works best for you. I believe you will see the most progress if you can incorporate 10 to 20 minutes of fun activities 3 times a week, but see what works for you.

  • Daily routine: is there a time of day when it is generally possible for you to focus on your child for 10 minutes? After breakfast if you homeschool? After a rest time in the afternoon? Between bath and bed? Can you make a 10-minute break in the homework routine in the afternoon? Are there any activities you can make a regular part of family outings, family life?
  • Weekly Routine: Which afternoon are you usually home without extra-mural activities? Or can you head for the playpark while you wait for your other child to finish extra-murals? What about Saturdays before chores?

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Related Pages On My Site

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Gross Motor E-Books

OT Mom's Gross Motor E-Books give you all the information and activities you need to have fun doing focused gross motor exercises with your child at home.Click on the images to view each affordable e-book.

They are available individually as well as in special bundle deals.


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Remember that incorporating gross motor exercises into your family’s life has wonderful long-term benefits!

Look at other ways of improving your child’s general fitness levels and other gross motor skills, such as swimming, playing catch, cycling and walking on the beach.

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