With my own child, I notice that he tends to get restless, a little bit violent with his toys, and generally annoyed with everything if he hasn’t had a chance to engage his gross motor skills. Our favourite way to do this is simply to go outside. Kids really need the opportunity to explore nature, to run around, and use up all that energy.
However, there are days that the weather simply does not give us that opportunity. That means that we have to seek gross motor engagement indoors. Today, I am sharing a post dedicated to the types of toys we have around the house for engaging gross motor skills.
What are gross motor skills?
- standing on one foot
- sitting upright
Why gross motor?
These toys can give little ones an opportunity to use important muscles as well as get rid of pent up energy. With my own child, I have noticed that after these types of activities, he even has improved concentration!
Developing gross motor skills is important for children beyond only using ‘up’ energy. Gross motor skills and development is critical to performing every day functions, such as getting dressed, sitting up straight at a table, endurance, etc.
Activities that engage gross motor skills can even help to curb obesity as they allow children to move their bodies and stay active!
Gross motor activities also help to develop and engage the following skills:
- Muscle strength
- Muscle tone
- Muscle endurance
- Motor planning (moving the body in proper sequence and timing)
- Sensory processing
- Awareness of body and movements
- Crossing the mid-line
What indoor toys do we recommend for gross motor development?
Note: If you suspect an actual problem with your child’s behaviour or gross motor development, then please seek the help of your medical care provider. This post is not intended as a replacement for professional medical advice.