Gross Motor Skills Activities

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Activity One - Movement Games

Activity 1

Movement Games
  • Playing
  • Follow The Leader
  • Simon Says
  • Captain's Coming!
  • Musical Statues
  • Jumping Beans
Activity Two - Ball Games

Activity 2

Ball Games
  • Handling The Ball
  • Throw & Catch
  • Bouncing The Ball
  • Football (soccer)
  • Team Games
Activity Three - Balloons

Activity 3

Balloons
  • Move Like A Balloon
  • Balance & Co-ordination
  • Throw & Catch
  • Balloon Tennis
  • Balloon Football
Activity Four - Bean Bag Games

Activity 4

Bean Bag Games
  • Balancing
  • Throw & Catch
  • Let's Race
Activity Five - Parachute Games

Activity 5

Parachute Games
  • Warm Up
  • Popcorn
  • Running Under
  • Fruit Salad
  • Bouncing Balls
  • Rolling The Ball

Gross Motor Skills Activities

Movement Games

Activity 1

Movement Games

Hands-On Activities:
  • Playing
  • Follow The Leader
  • Simon Says
  • Captain's Coming!
  • Musical Statues
  • Jumping Beans
Ball Games

Activity 2

Ball Games

Hands-On Activities:
  • Handling The Ball
  • Throw & Catch
  • Bouncing The Ball
  • Football (soccer)
  • Team Games
Balloons

Activity 3

Balloons

Hands-On Activities:
  • Move Like A Balloon
  • Balance & Co-ordination
  • Throw & Catch
  • Balloon Tennis
  • Balloon Football
Bean Bag Games

Activity 4

Bean Bag Games

Hands-On Activities:
  • Balancing
  • Throw & Catch
  • Let's Race
Parachute Games

Activity 5

Parachute Games

Hands-On Activities:
  • Warm Up
  • Popcorn
  • Running Under
  • Fruit Salad
  • Bouncing Balls
  • Rolling The Ball

Gross Motor Activities EYFS

Welcome to Hands-On Education, where we strive to provide fun and engaging educational activities for primary school teachers and home educators. In this section, we will be discussing physical development gross motor skills and the wide range of activities that can help your child improve their physical abilities.

As primary school teachers and home educators, we understand the importance of developing gross motor skills in young children. Gross motor skills are the foundation for developing coordination, balance, and movement. They are one of the key components listed in the early learning goals (ELG), and we have developed five free topics within this component, each one containing multiple activity suggestions.

Activities that promote gross motor skills can be simple and fun. You can help your child develop these skills by encouraging them to run, jump, climb, and balance. Our free topics include activities such as "Obstacle Course Challenge," "Balloon Volleyball," and "Animal Yoga." These activities not only help develop gross motor skills but also promote social interaction and creativity.

We understand the time constraints of teachers and parents, which is why we have made these resources completely free and accessible anytime. By creating a free account, you can have access to all these great ideas and help your child develop their gross motor skills in a fun and engaging way. Let's make learning and development fun for our children!

Games in EYFS to Develop PD

As a primary school teacher or home educator, you know how important it is to keep young children active and engaged. Gross motor activities are a great way to get kids moving energetically while also developing their physical skills. Here are some fun games that you can use in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to help children develop their gross motor skills:

  • Obstacle Course: Create an obstacle course using objects you have around the classroom or home. Encourage children to crawl under tables, jump over cushions, and balance on one foot. This game helps develop balance and coordination.
  • Follow the Leader: Choose one child to be the leader and have them move around the room in different ways, such as marching, skipping, or hopping. The other children must follow along and copy their movements. This game helps develop listening skills and gross motor skills.
  • Balloon Volleyball: Blow up a balloon and have children use their hands to hit it back and forth over a makeshift net (such as a piece of string). This game helps develop hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills.

Remember that these games should be fun and engaging for children, while also helping them develop important physical skills. Incorporating gross motor activities into your daily routine can help children stay active and healthy while also improving their overall well-being.

Move Energetically

Movement games are an excellent way to get your child up and moving while improving their coordination and balance. These games can include activities such as Simon Says, Red Light Green Light, and Freeze Dance. Ball games, on the other hand, can help improve your child's hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills. Some examples of ball games include basketball, soccer, and catch.

Balloons can also be used in a variety of ways to help improve your child's gross motor skills. They can be used for activities such as balloon volleyball, balloon tennis, and even balloon relay races. Bean bag games are another great option to help your child improve their hand-eye coordination and balance. Some examples of bean bag games include bean bag toss, bean bag skittle, and bean bag balance.

Finally, parachute games are a fun and engaging way to improve your child's gross motor skills. These games can include activities such as parachute popcorn, parachute tag, and even parachute ball. These activities not only help your child improve their physical abilities but also provide a fun and engaging way to learn.

We hope that these activities have given you some ideas on how to help improve your child's physical development gross motor skills. Remember, the key to success is to make sure that your child is having fun while learning and growing.

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