40 Gross Motor Activities to Get Your Kids Moving!

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Gross motor activities. I’ve always been a huge fan of ways to get the kids to move!

The boys still move constantly and are full of a lot of energy. But, for some reason, our activities have taken a turn at the fine motor activities lately and I feel the need with being outdoors and summertime that its time to get moving again. Don’t you?

For two major reasons:

  1. It wears them out! Number one reason by far!
  2. It’s good for them to learn to move in new ways and build muscles and what not and so on… you know… all the technical learning stuff that they’re doing. I don’t know all the reasons and benefits of using their gross motor skills, but I just know its good to do. Read more about the benefits of moving at the Moving Smart Blog, in particular, I like the information about growing your child’s brain with movement. In the end, I know working their big muscles help them work on the little muscles, which in turn help their fine motor skills.

So to inspire myself, and others, to get the kids moving, I’ve selected a large handful of activities that will help us get them moving and work on those gross motor skills that are really much needed. (And if it’s really necessary, there’s a whole bunch of ideas I’ve pinned onto my Get the Kids Moving board on Pinterest.)

Lots of gross motor activities for kids that are constantly on the move

These moving activities are usually perfect for an older toddler that’s beginning to understand instruction (enough so to do the activity) but doesn’t have the concentration to sit still and actually pay attention for an amount of time.

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There ya go. A very simple list of 40 gross motor activities to inspire you to create the environment to get your kids moving today. Which one will you start with?

How have you gotten the kids moving with a gross motor activity lately?

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  1. Melissa says

    Hi there i was looking at your website for ideas for activites that i can do with children. I am currently an early childhood education student in my last year. i spent some time looking at your material. i just wanted you to know that a lot of your activities i would not consider doing with toddlers. some of your actvities are unsafe to do with this age group. i was looking at your sensory section and a lot of the materials you are suggesting for children are unsafe and are putting children at risk. i strongly suggest you consider reviewing whats safe and not. this is just some feedback to help you and reconsider what you post on this website.

    • Jamie says

      Melissa, thanks for your input. I’m a mom. Not an ECE teacher. I do these activities with my kids at home and watch them completely supervised. I know what my children can handle and do and don’t push it. I would definitely recommend using your own judgement for your own kids.

  2. Lindsay says

    Great ideas! My 22 month old son would prefer to sit and figure things out so we will definitely be trying some of these to get him moving around! One we did today was throw all the couch cushions on the floor and climb over them. He decided it was more fun to “jump” onto one over and over again, but either way it really wore him out!

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