Get active and learn with an outdoor gross motor ABC drill that's perfect for fall, from Julie!
Do your kids need to blow off some steam in the back yard? Moving around is a great way to both burn energy and learn or practice other skills, too!
This simple football drill is the ticket!
Have more fun outside with gross motor activities for preschoolers.
Outdoor Gross Motor ABC Football Drill for Fall
We loved this super simple outdoor gross motor activity.
For your own outdoor gross motor ABC football drill, you’ll need:
- Sports cones
- Large outdoor space
Move & Learn the ABCs Together
First, have your kids set up the cones in a pattern in the backyard.
We created letters with our cones, but you could mark out shapes, lines, or whatever you like!
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Next, it’s off to the races! Show your child the starting point, then let them run the drill as fast as they can.
This is what athletes, like football players and field hockey players, do at practice to work on speed and fast reflexes!
Your kids are going to be running between the cones. They’ll be going point-to-point.
You could ask them to stop and stomp on each cone, jump over them, or zig-zag around them. There are tons of ways to play, move, and learn with cones!
Add a Little Competition to Your ABC Drill
If you’ve got a super competitive bunch of kids, use your phone or a stopwatch to time their runs.
This is another way to add learning to this activity: keep track of their times!
After each run, make note of their time on the sidewalk or a big piece of paper. Compare their fastest times and try to beat their own times!
More Learning Fun with an Outdoor ABC Football Drill
You can use this simple drill idea to teach a ton of different ideas!
For older kids, try using the cones to teach geometry skills or more complex shapes. Can they run a square, counting the sides and angles as they go?
Take classroom skills outside! Have them spell their weekly words or recite the alphabet, one letter at each cone.
Younger kids? They’ll love learning vocabulary words like “straight,” “curved,” or “zig-zag” as they race! Call out the type of line as they run along.
If you have colored cones, make your game a direction-following skill builder. Call out colors to give your child a target cone.
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This simple activity is great on so many levels:
- Builds agility.
- Reinforces letter, shape, or geometry concepts.
- Promotes goal setting.
- Encourages healthy competition.
- Gives your kids a chance to get their heart-rates up!