Here’s my top 10 gross motor games for kids from an occupational therapist perspective! I use these games in therapy all the time to target coordination, strength, and balance. Let me know if you like them!
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1. Yoga Spinner
2. Cranium Hullabaloo
Cranium Hullabaloo is not only perfect for movement but it’s great for listening and following directions. It’s also a fun group activity, too!
3. Hopscotch Floor Puzzle
4. Sturdy Birdy
Sturdy Birdy is awesome for working on balance and strength! Can you balance a bean bag on your head and while flapping your arms and holding a one leg pose??
5. Move and Groove
Move and Groove is perfect for ages 2-5! Roll the large die and practice dance moves, perform an animal walk, or coordinate an easy exercise.
6. Move Your Body Fun Deck Cards
Move Your Body Fun Deck has a variety of poses and movements for kids ages 5 and up to perform! I like to pick out a few cards I want my clients to target and challenge them to perform the exercise across the room.
7. Walk Like A Chicken
Walk Like a Chicken is great for toddlers to school age! Hide the cards around the room and imitate the characters on the cards as you find them all!
8. Feed the Woozle
Feed the Woozle is fun for ages 3 and above! Use the spoon to feed the monster while performing different movements.
Twister is another classic game that remains fun and engaging! It’s perfect for working on flexibility and balance.
10. Pancake Pile-Up
Pancake Pile-Up is definitely my favorite game on the list! It’s a relay race with pancakes – complete with spatulas and butter toppings! This game is not only fun but targets balance, coordination, and sequencing skills.
Have you tried any of these games or have your own favorite you would add to the list? Comment below! I’d love to hear from you!