26 Gross Motor Activities for Preschoolers that Like to MOVE

Gross motor activities for preschoolers are a MUST in my book.

Preschoolers aren’t quite as hard as toddlers to plan activities for, but there still are some limitations to what you can do. And getting their little bodies moving helps a ton!

Time to get moving with these 26 gross motor activities for preschoolers

Granted, preschoolers have much more control than a toddler does, and their academic level has jumped by leaps in bounds in only a year or so. So crafting and art projects come a little easier.

But there’s still certain things that holds preschoolers back from doing some of the more advanced activities that require a little more patience, precision and coordination.

And preschooler still tend to have a lot, and I mean a lot, of energy that they need to expel in some form or another. And what’s a better way than with some fun gross motor activities that get them up and moving?

These are 26 gross motor activities for preschoolers to have fun with!

  • A Flash Light Scavenger Hunt: Turn off the lights and hide some objects around the house for preschoolers to go find with a flash light. They’ll be begging for you to hide them again!
  • Maze of Numbers: Preschoolers will absolutely love to practice counting their way through a huge maze! Do it with tape if you’re stuck inside.
  • Target Practice: Set up a target practice for preschoolers to throw something at [whether its mud or bean bags]!
  • What does it land on? A rolling version of target practice, roll a ball to see what it lands on [shapes, numbers, whatever]!
  • Dumpster Diving: Preschoolers will just love searching in a box of ‘garbage’ for their favorite toys!
  • Hop Skip & Jump: Set up paper plates around the house or outside and have them jump from one to the next. If you have different color plates, there’s lots of options!
  • String Scavenger Hunt: String some string around the room, through chairs and set up treasures along the way to find! Have them follow it through, going in and out, under and over to see what they can find!
  • Tape Road: This will definitely get them moving and busy for the day! Tape a road throughout the house or room and let them drive drive drive!
  • Ribbon Painting: If you can go outside with this one, that would probably be best. Dip some ribbons in paint and throw them at paper! Watch the marks it makes.
  • A Spy Game: Tape up a ‘spider web’ in the hallway for them to crawl through. Stick pom poms or cotton balls to it for them to pick up along the way.
  • Jumping Game: See how far they can jump!
  • Sticky Spider Web: Throw newspaper at a sticky spider web! How many can they get to stick?
  • Alphabet Ball: Pass a ball back and forth calling out letters, numbers, whatever they’re learning.
  • Learning Scavenger Hunt: Set out letters or numbers for them to find throughout the house and have them match it up to an ‘answer sheet’.
  • Punch Game: Create a ‘punch game’ with some newspapers and jars.
  • Lines of Colored Tape:  Tape lines on the floor to act as a balance beam. Or blow pom poms or cotton balls along them!
  • Newspaper Throwing: Have a little indoor ‘basketball’ with newspapers!
  • A Big Maze: Either use tape inside or sidewalk chalk outside and make a huge maze for the kids to drive or walk through!
  • Balance Beam: If you have old boards laying around, or even a lineup of books, would work as a balance beam!
  • Jump & Grab: Hang some objects for them to jump and grab [make it learning or just for fun]!
  • Race with Straws and Pom Poms [shared on PBS Parents]: Set up a track to blow pom poms around. Its much harder than it seems!
  • Connect the ‘Dots’ Mazes [shared on PBS Parents]: A tape maze for the kids to drive through and connect the matching letters [or numbers, shapes, sight words... ].

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Phew.

Their energy should be taken care of now! Hopefully it’ll be a peaceful evening now!

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Comments

  1. JoAnne Coufal says

    Looks like great ideas you have listed for preschoolers and beginning kindergartners also. Keep up the good work, but improve your grammar in your listings. “There’s,” for example is singular and not used with a plural verb or predicate which follows the verb. Example in your writing: But there’s still certain things reads “there is still certain things” (“things” is plural so use “there are certain things”) There are several other incorrect examples in the article also. If we are to help preschoolers, it is important for us to used correct grammar. I do compliment you on what you are doing, however.

    • Nichole says

      Posts critiquing grammar should probably be one hundred precent correct. There should be a comma after “for example” in your third sentence.

  2. Nichole says

    Thank you for all of your suggestions! You obviously worked very hard to compile this list, and, as a stay at home mom of a two year old, I appreciate all the help I can get.

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