I’m almost embarrassed to post this gross motor activity…. it seems too simple to warrant a post. But with that said, it was super duper fun and had George moving all morning long! And its perfect for those days you’re stuck indoors, when its cold or rainy. (Hey, its Iowa here and spring has taken a long time to really show itself!)
You have everything it takes to do this activity, I promise.
What can couch cushions become? We’ve done a few things in the past, and forts are always made with the couch cushions.
This time… we got moving!
Gather all the pillows and cushions you have. The more the merrier!
Then line them all up in a row.
And that’s it.
Now… I had George try to get from one end of the pillows to the other. It seemed so simple and a funny thing for me to ask him to do.
But it proved to be a huge challenge!
Walking on pillows was tough to do! I did it with him too (I shared a bunch of activities to do with the kids outside, but this is a good one to do with them inside too!), it was tough to do! But especially tough for a toddler still trying to figure out and strengthen gross motor skills.
Up the game by spreading the pillows apart and make it about jumping from island to island!
I admit… It was a little tough to just let go and let him try to do it and not worry about him getting hurt. I guess if you’re worried about that, put down more cushions and pillows! George is pretty tough and doesn’t usually get bothered when he falls down and gets completely bumped up!
Oh… A gross motor activity so funny and fun to do!
Below are Louis and George doing the activity again!
This was completely a last-minute, unplanned activity. George wanted something to do, I was trying to work, and Louis was supposed to be taking a nap.
I was reminded of this activity as I worked on revamping the Weekly Activity Plans.
This time, the kids got really into it and tried different ways to walk across the pillows and cushions.
At first, it wasn’t even walking, they were hopping from pillow to pillow.
Then they ran and walked across them.
And then they crawled. And by crawled, I mean they were down on all fours, but still hopping, like little bunnies.
And then I challenged them.
Can you do it backwards now?
And they did.
But not just walking. They had to try hopping backwards. Why??? I don’t know… They like to make things tougher than it has to be. But that’s awesome for gross motor skills and coordination, so I’m not complaining!
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