50 Screen Free Gross Motor Skills and Activities for Home

When children are home it is important that they participate in gross motor skills and activities every day. Gross motor skills are larger movement activities such as sitting, rolling, kneeling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping and more! Many times when children are provided with independent, free play outdoors, they automatically participate in these types of skills. Other times when the weather is not cooperating or children have delayed motor skills they may need some guidance and directions to increase gross motor time.

When children are home it is important that they participate in gross motor skills and activities every day. Gross motor skills are larger movement activities such as sitting, rolling, kneeling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping and more!

There are plenty of video or apps to encourage physical activity in children BUT it is also important for children to participate in SCREEN FREE gross motor activities.

50 Screen Free Gross Motor Skills and Activities for Home

Indoor Gross Motor Skills and Activities

  • Crawling or walking over different pillows or blankets.
  • Tall kneel walking across the room to complete a puzzle.
  • Practice walking like different animals. Need ideas? Check out Animal Actions A to Z.
  • Try walking at different speeds – super slow, slow, normal, fast and super fast
  • Jog or run in place
  • Jump over a piece of paper
  • Freeze dance
  • Jump up and down from a bottom step
  • Rip scrap paper in half and jump from paper to paper.
  • Play with cardboard boxes. Makes tunnels. Step in and out of the boxes. Try the Box Balance Game.
  • Jump side to side over a shoe lace on the floor.
  • Dance party
  • Make your body into the shapes of the letters of the alphabet
  • Move Like Me – strike a pose and the other person mimics it
  • Make an indoor obstacle course
  • Create a dance and teach it to someone else
  • Indoor fitness – jumping jacks, mountain climbers, squat thrusts, etc.
  • Yoga poses
  • Jump over paper cups
  • Put a small ball on top of a paper cup. Practice only kicking the ball off the cup without knocking the cup over.
  • March to parade music.
  • Do step ups using a small stool.
  • Keep a balloon up in the air.
  • Put painter’s tape on the floor or a rope. Walk forwards, sideways, and backwards on the rope.
  • Climb stairs. Put stuffed animals at the top of the stairs, climb up to rescue them and walk back down to bring them back to you.
  • Play Simon Says and other self control games
  • Take a blanket ride – pull someone on a blanket across the floor
  • Load up laundry baskets with heavy books and push around the room. Pretend to be a traveling library.
  • Use recycled water bottles and set up bowling. Bowl with a ball or roll into the bottles with your body. – One of my favorite gross motor skills activities!
  • Play tug of war with a towel. Try playing in tall kneeling.
  • Pretend to ice skate using paper plates.
  • Sit on the floor and lift feet in the air. Pretend to ride a bicycle.
  • Move like an animal in slow motion.
  • Try catching a balloon on a funnel from your kitchen drawer.
  • Hang a balloon from the ceiling and hit it with a cardboard tube.
  • Kick a balloon against the wall and back again.
  • Play with bean bags (make your own with rice inside socks if needed). Check out Beanbag Alphabet Fun.

Outdoor Gross Motor Skills and Activities at Home

If you need reminders for gross motor skills and activities outdoors, hang this Play Outdoors Tear Off Sheet by your back door.

Ready to Go Activities for at Home

Do you need no-prep gross motor skills and activities for at home? Exercises for the Classroom and Home is a set of 5 posters to encourage simple gross motor skills and activities for children.  This is available as a digital download OR printed posters.

If you need yoga poses for the classroom this is the BEST card set ever! It includes 40 illustrated and explained printable chair yoga poses for kids.

If you need seated yoga poses this Chair Yoga Cards packet is the BEST card set ever! It includes 40 beautifully illustrated and explained printable chair yoga poses for kids.

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