Our favourite indoor gross motor toys

Lately, I’ve been getting some questions about what to do when your kids get aggressive with their toys, hyper, or have a difficult time concentrating on activities. Today’s post is dedicated to addressing those concerns in a simple way.  

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. 

Our top 10 indoor gross motor toys and why gross motor skills are important by Welcome to Mommyhood, #grossmotorskills, #montessori, #grossmotortoys, #toysforkids, #preschoolactivities
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What are gross motor skills? 

Simply put, gross motor movements use large muscle groups and are the movements that use the entire body. You use these muscles for everyday tasks, such as: 
  • walking
  • running
  • standing
  • standing on one foot
  • sitting upright
Gross motor skills involve the coordinated movement of arms, legs, core, etc. 
During infancy, gross motor skills are needed to learn to hold your head upright, crawl, and then walk. Toddlers and preschoolers refine these skills. 

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 
  • Balance
  • Coordination 
  • Crossing the mid-line
Clearly, gross motor skills are important. Below, I show examples of the types of toys that you can use indoors to help develop these skills. You do NOT need to buy every single one, but these are our top picks. The ones I recommend are ones that my son has used, either from ones that we own or ones that he has played with at friends’ or family  members’ homes. 

What indoor toys do we recommend for gross motor development? 

Our top 10 indoor gross motor toys and why gross motor skills are important by Welcome to Mommyhood, #grossmotorskills, #montessori, #grossmotortoys, #toysforkids, #preschoolactivities

Portable and foldable trampoline

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Stepping stones

Our top 10 indoor gross motor toys and why gross motor skills are important by Welcome to Mommyhood, #grossmotorskills, #montessori, #grossmotortoys, #toysforkids, #preschoolactivities

Balls

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. 

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By | 2017-04-01T10:54:56+00:00 February 4th, 2016|1-3 years old, 3-6 years old, Gross Motor, Montessori, Motor Skills|0 Comments

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