Toys for Gross Motor Skills: Activities and games that build the body's large muscle groups, developing strength, control, balance, and coordination in the arms, legs, and torso through exercise and large-scale movements.
Gross motor skills use the large muscle groups of the body, such as the arms, legs, and torso. Strength and control in these areas help children move through their world with balance and coordination, and helps them adapt to physical changes in their environment--such as walking on uneven surfaces or climbing on playground equipment safely. That means fewer bumps and bruises . . . and more time to play with great skill-building toys like these! Our "best-of" gross motor skills list includes sporty outdoor games, active indoor games, heavy work with water resistance, and great activities for building strength, control, balance, and hand-eye coordination (another great benefit of gross-motor play).
To keep gross motor skills growing, keep those kids moving--indoors and out!
1. Make a deal with your child to go outside and play every day for at least 15 minutes, rain or shine. Children especially love going outdoors for a walk in the rain!
2. Build your very own obstacle course in your home using chairs, a jump rope, and the Happy Giddy Tunnel. Have children climb over the chair, walk through the maze of the jump rope, and through the tunnel. Time them to see if they can beat their own record.