Fun activities to do at home: gross motor skills
Gross motor skills are fundamental movement skills that enable children to explore the world, perform physical tasks, and participate in different activities alone and with others. This includes walking, running, jumping, skipping, and hopping.
Ideas for activities
- This does not only promote physical health and well-being but also improves body awareness, motor imitation, ability to follow instructions, balance, and coordination.
- Copying animal walks (bear walks, crab walks, donkey kicks, etc.)
- Doing simple stretches and light exercises
- Working out as a family may also serve as a good bonding experience for the child who has limited opportunities for interactive play with peers.
- Indoor obstacle course. Simple obstacles can facilitate muscle strengthening, motor planning, balance, and coordination. You can create different obstacles using furniture and toys already available at home.
- Lining up dining chairs to crawl underneath them.
- Using boxes from deliveries to hop or cross over.
- Putting tape on the floor to challenge balance to play hopscotch.
- Balancing and stepping from one throw pillow to another.
- Using recycled ribbons from gifts and deliveries to create an obstacle course.
Fun activities to do at home: fine motor skills
Fine motor skills or hand skills allow children to participate in everyday activities such as taking care of themselves, playing, and studying. Everyday tools at home can be used to improve a child’s fine motor skills that are needed for school participation.