Friday, May 29, 2009

Gross Motor Activities for Preschool - Balance & Coordination

June is almost here and it is always fun to think of outside fun with my preschoolers. Here are a couple of gross motor activities for preschool that your children will love.

The focus of these is for balance and coordination. You can modify these to the age level of your students. While the main focus is developing gross motor skills you can add other elements to these. For example, try counting to see how long someone can stay on the tight rope or say letters of the alphabet.


You will need two pieces of string or long strips of masking tape (about 6 feet or 1.8 meters long).
Create a circus tight rope on the ground with the string. Next show them
how to walk on this by placing one foot in front of the other.
Then have them try. (You will probably need to hold their hand
the first few times until they get the idea of balancing.)
***An alternative for younger children is to put the two strings about 4 inches apart and ask them to walk carefully between the lines without stepping on the edges. Great fun, concentration, balance, etc.

Fill balloons with water and give them to the toddlers. Gently play catch with the water balloons. You can fill them with varying amounts of water to show how some are lighter than others.

***One variation is to draw targets on the sidewalk with chalk and have them toss the balloons at the targets. You could put a letter or number in the targets and then ask them to try to hit a particular letter or number.
Good for eye-hand coordination and gross motor skills.

Providing hands on ways to learn and connecting concepts with everyday life and their environments are my favorite ways of teaching preschoolers.

If you like these ideas, you'll love the other ideas in the Preschool Planner.

Check them out:

Enjoy and remember to send in any ideas you wish to share and I will post them here.


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