30 Gross Motor Skills Moves Great for Excess Energy!


Gross motor skills are so incredibly important in the development of any child. From what I’ve read and heard from experts, kids should work on developing their gross motor skills before working on fine motor skills because they need to build up the big muscles first and then the little muscles have a much easier time.

Doing activities to work on gross motor skills also help out in another area. Burning off energy. Every kid has excess, right?

Henry has always been a child with lots and lots of energy. 

He took his first steps at 8.5 months. He always runs instead of walks. He spins instead of stands. He climbs. Coloring bores him. Crafts spend too much time sitting. Henry simply likes to move.

I am learning to deal with embrace the energy instead of trying to hinder it.

Here are 4 ways to move that help with gross motor skills & the endless amount of energy:

There’s even more Gross Motor Activities that we’ve done since — so keep on browsing!

30 Gross Motor Skills Activities that are great for Excess Energy

Here are 26 more ways to help out with gross motor skills:

… and burning off all that energy!

Moving Smart
The Imagination Tree
Sharin’ with Sharron
Sharin’ with Sharron
Mop with your Socks
Quirky Momma
Quirky Momma
Messy Kids
Imagination Soup
Toddler Approved
The Adventures of Bear
Playfully Learning
Let the Children Play
Play Ball
Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning
Creativity My Passion
Come Together Kids
Maya Made
Go Explore Nature
I Can Teach My Child!
Steady Mom
Can you Come Outside to Play?
Inspiration Sounds Creativity Abounds
Really, Are You Serious?
Squiggle Mum
Go on a Nature Color Walk
Sense of Wonder
Exercise Cube
Little Family Fun

For more inspiration: 40 more gross motor activities to get your kids moving, too!

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  1. Alicia Stucky says

    Oh man! In the winter time, this was a big issue with us. I had my daughter in the very beginning of winter this year and since I'd quit my job to be home with my kids, my son was simultaniously pulled out of daycare… I didn't see this obstacle coming, but it turned out that Matthew was ripped away from his friends and practically trapped indoors all winter while Mommy was at the beck and call of a very, very demanding, difficult newborn. I felt like I was suffocating him — so we had to get very, very creative with indoor activities too. I wish I'd had a list like this back then! :-)

  2. Debi says

    Henry sounds just like my 3 year old – he was kicking around even before he was born! This is a great list – thanks so much for including my post on running down a hill. That one was his idea, BTW!

  3. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree says

    Love this! My C loves to help me clean and garden which gets a lot of energy out!

  4. Kate @ An Amazing Child says

    My little man is exactly the same. Lots and lots of energy. He has gross motor delays and so I am always on the look out for physical activities which will cater to his high energy levels but won't leave him feel frustrated because of his difficulties. I know he will LOVE the bubble wrap road.

    Thanks for the list and I would love to hear any suggestions you might have for my little 2yr old

  5. Esther J Pragasam says

    This is a great post with amazing ideas to keep moving.. Thank you for featuring us. I will be coming back to it over and over again to engage my daughter during summer vacation. Thanks for sharing!

  6. kristin says

    thanks for the shout out here!! and bigger thanks for sending lots of inspiration my way…at my preschool, i'm always looking for inventive ways to geet my kids moving!! xx

  7. Bona Fide Mama says

    Great post! I needed some ideas like this because my son simply doesn't want to move a lot since his bone marrow transplant. I will use your ideas to help spark some desire for movement in him!

  8. Kim @ The Edcuators' Spin On It says

    I love this list for Rainy Day ideas too. Moving is all part of childhood, it's our job to find productive ways for them to do it!

  9. Anonymous says

    This is great – my 3 yo boy is the one who never stops running, so always looking for active play. My question is about the winding down. Seems the more we wind up, the bigger the challenge to wind down?

    Another tip is to use a pilates ball to bounce on when sitting instead of a regular chair…Haven't tried this yet.

  10. Elizabeth says

    We roll down hills, go for walks (he runs to the next stop sign and I walk, when he gets there he either runs back or sits down), we play find the m&m indoors, lots of balloon games (don't let it touch the ground, find something to be a perfect weight so the helium balloon doesn't float out of reach) Build HUGE cardboard forts to make a maze of structures to run and hide in. Sockball fights. It goes on and on. Then mom collapses in a heap.

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