So this weeks HomeBase Podcast episode was about the Montessori method of learning, and to go with that I wrote a post listing my 10 favorite Montessori activities. This morning I had A wonderful reader named Julie leave me a comment asking if I had any recommendations for indoor gross motor activities. When I looked back on my post of my 10 favorite activities I realized there was a very big lack of gross motor activities! How could such a fact not occur to me before!
So I had to rectify this immediately, thus sending me on my quest this morning of some of the greatest “Indoor Gross Motor Activities” known to man! Some of these activities pictures are outside but they are easily adaptable to indoors. Here it is! My list of Awesome Indoor Gross Motor Activities—Julie this ones for you! 😊
Indoor Gross Motor Activities
1. R is for Racetrack- I loved this moms idea of making a racetrack in her home using uppercase and lowercase letter R. You could do any letter for that matter. Simply yell out uppercase or lowercase and watch them go! Change it up on them in the middle to see if they can adapt.
2. Pom Pom Color Matching- so simple, set out pieces of colored paper and tell your kiddos they have to blow the Poms to the right colored sheet of paper, then grab your camera to document the silliness!
7. Straw Javelin Throw- instructions for this are Here. I remember playing this when I was in school!
9. Sticky Spider Web Toss- this is one of my favorites! I have done it with students countless times! It’s great for all ages. I’ve done it with toddlers and they loved it! The older kids like 6 and 7 made a game out of it. They would throw ping pong balls (each person having their own color) and would see who could get the most to stick. But watch out cause someone might nock yours off! It’s amazing how a little masking tape can create such fun!
13. We’re Going On a Bear Hunt- I can’t wait to do this one it’s so cute! The instructions are Here.
14. Ice Cream Cone Letter Recognition- this is a super inventive idea one mom came up with. You can check it out Here.
15. ABC Leaf Hunt- I love that you could theme this to anything (letters, numbers, shapes, colors) or instead of leaves (cars, balloons, flowers, any shape really) and then just hide them all over your house. Hide them while your little one is asleep and then they wake up to a fun scavenger hunt!
16. Musical Alphabet Game- write each letter in an index card and make a circle. Have your kiddos dance around the circle. When the music stops they have to tell you what letter they stopped by, what sound it makes, and (if they can) a word that starts with that letter. Fun!
18. Charades- this is my favorite gross motor game that’s guaranteed to make everyone laugh. And just for the fun of the season I got you a Halloween printable Charades sheet that you can get Here.
That’s it! I know it’s a weird number. You’re probably thinking why not 20. Well I don’t have a good answer for that. These were my favorites and so 18 is the number of the day! 😊 If you feel the need to get it to 20 then feel free to add to the list in the comments! And never hesitate to ask me more questions in the comments too! You never know I may just make an entire post about it! Enjoy and Happy Friday!!