gross motor skills

This video lesson is designed for 3-6 years old children. It introduces various activities to improve gross motor skills and boost creativity.

Motor skills help children to move and do their daily tasks, such as playing, feeding themselves, moving from place to place, etc. Therefore, it is essential for a child’s overall development. There are two types of motor skills: Fine and Gross. In this video lesson, we will learn about gross motor skills and the activities that help a child develop and refine gross motor skills. 

In our previous video lesson, we learned about the meaning and importance of gross motor skills for a child’s development. In this lesson, we will discuss movements and gross motor activities for 3-6-year-olds that are easy to set up at home.

What are Gross Motor Skills?

Gross motor skills involve whole-body movements. In order to maintain balance and coordination in the body, the muscles need to work in cooperation with the neurological system.

It uses the large muscles of the torso, legs, and arms in the body to allow for balance, coordination, reaction time, and physical strength so that we can walk, run, and jump.

With age, children’s muscles become larger and stronger, enabling them to perform more complex physical movements like climbing playground equipment, riding bikes, swimming at the beach, etc.

Gross Motor Skill Activities for 3-6-year-old Children

Looking for activities to develop gross motor skills in your child’s daily routine? This video helps the child develop their gross motor skills as they grow. 

Learning movements in Montessori education is purpose-driven development-stage-appropriate, and natural. In Montessori education, movements are the basics and core to the development of a child’s personality. 

There are lots of fun and simple activities that you can set up at your home without spending a dime to help develop gross motor skills. These include:

  1. Yoga – Make cards with stick figures showing basic yoga figures. if you have a sand timer clock to go along with this, great! Show them some basic yoga postures in the card and let them try these out whenever they are upset or just want to stretch. 
  2. Kick the cup – place some cups or glasses upside down on the floor and label them differently. E.g. colors, letters, shapes, etc. Have some chits of paper for your child to pick. These will have labels on them. Whichever label they pick, they have to kick the ball from a distance to knock them down. 
  3. For your young readers, have one-word exercise cues placed in a bowl with written words like hop, jump, run, walk backward, walk front, crawl, etc. Let them pick the chit and do the action. The smile that follows when they read it, might just surprise you.
  4. Leave a trail of breadcrumbs for Hansel and Gretel! – Gather painted pebbles, toys, or marbles and make a long trail with them placed a couple of feet apart. The child has to pick the marble one by one and place them in the bucket that they carry along.
  5. Basic bubble mix dish wash (sugar and glycerine if you have one) – Blow bubbles using a plastic funnel or a twisted wire and pop as many as you can! It is a fun activity for both parent and the child. Ensure to wipe off the residue with a cloth and space to keep the child safe.
  6. Make an obstacle course with pillows, cushions, chairs, bedsheets, etc. Make some rules and enjoy the game at your very own bedroom Olympics. 

Note: 3 P’s of activities (Practice, Perfect, and Perform) help children learn and develop new skills.

Watch the video to learn more about the importance of movements for 3-6-year-old children as they work, play, and learn. Let the child practice and develop gross motor skills at their own pace.


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Video created by Aishwarya | I teach I learn

Primary | Movement | Gross Motor (English)

This video has been added and used with the author’s permission. It is also available on the author’s YouTube, here.


 


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  • English
  • gross motor
  • Practical Life
  • primary level