As winter is approaching here in Iowa, now is a good time to have some indoor activities planned, for those days that you’ll need them. When we have a lot more indoor time, it’s so hard to burn off their energy.
I always have a few go-to indoor ideas (like our fine motor rubber band activity and lines of tape), but it’s always good to have a way for them to go crazy for a few minutes, in a controlled way that I like.
This is a week of indoor activities that are just also gross motor activities to burn off that energy. There’s no ‘real’ (academic) learning involved, not themed in any way… just good ol’ fun movement activities to do inside.
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Just to give you a little background on how I plan a week of activities for my own kids:
I start with the gauging what my child is interested in (using the “My Child This Week” sheet of the free weekly planner). I fill one out for each of my kids and what they’re into at the moment. I use this as my guide to plan our activities accordingly.
With each of my kids’ interests, I brainstorm 7 activities to do that week. I jot them down on the simple ‘Activities To Do This Week’ planner. As for this week of activities to learn a letter, it could be any of our letter learning activities. But for this one in particular, I wanted the ability to be able to focus in on one letter.
And of course, like always, I include a day of family time. I think the kids will especially love this family activity!
Here’s a week of super fun indoor gross motor activities to do with the kids.
Monday: Walking on Pillows
Lay pillows and cushions on the floor in a line. Attempt to walk across them!
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Tuesday: Paper Hands & Feet
Trace and cutout your child’s hands and feet on paper. Tape the paper hands and feet to the floor and have your child match their hands and feet to the paper. Re-position the paper hands and feet and repeat!
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Wednesday: Indoor snowball fight
Make snowballs with balled up socks, or wadded paper, and have a snowball fight!
- socks or paper
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Thursday: A Tape Road
Tape two lines as the sides of the roads around the house! Create intersections and curves!
- painter’s tape
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Friday: Simple Frisbee Toss
Tape 3 lines of tape on the floor about a foot apart. Stand back and toss the lids like a frisbee to land on the tape line!
- plastic lids
- painter’s tape
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Saturday: Follow the Line Motor Planning
Lay out a jump rope on the floor in a long long. Move a ball from one end to the other along the rope using your hands… how about your foot?
- jump rope or string
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Sunday: Don’t Step in the Lava!
Spread sheets of paper around the room, within jumping distance of each other. Jump from paper to paper to not step in the lava (the bare floor).
- paper or pillows
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