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Gross motor skills are essential in helping kids improve their balance and coordination.  These activities help in physical development and also promote overall well-being.  Here are three great gross motor exercises for kids. Have fun!

  1. Hopscotch: Hopscotch is a classic! This game helps develop balance, coordination, and leg strength. You can use chalk or tape and draw a hopscotch grid on the ground consisting of single and double squares in a linear pattern. Begin at the starting line and hop on one foot, skipping the square with a marker, and land on both feet in the next square. Continue this pattern, hopping on one foot in single squares and using both feet in double squares. This exercise also improves proprioception.
  2. Obstacle course: Obstacle courses are fun! You can set up indoors or outdoors using everyday objects such as hula hoops, cones, cushions, balance boards, stepping stones, just about anything will work. Include different movements and activities, such as jumping, crawling, hopping, balancing on the board, to challenge different aspects of gross motor skills. The variety of movements required in an obstacle course help our children develop better spatial awareness, agility and overall body control.
  3. Bike riding or scooter board activities: Bicycle riding and scooter board activities are great ways to enhance balance, coordination, and strengthen the core and leg muscles. Learning to ride a bicycle and scooting around helps our kids practice bilateral coordination (using both sides of the body at the same time) and improves balance. Remember to wear protective gear, like helmets, knee and elbow pads for safety.

Exercise should be fun and engaging. It will help kids stay motivated and want to participate. Play with friends and/or family to increase social interaction.  Another option for unstructured play is spending time out in nature.  Nature adds further support to a child’s physical and emotional development.