Ready Set Go to Kindergarten

Gross Motor Skill Ideas for Classrooms

Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Ready Set Go… to Kindergarten

Physical activity ideas for teachers and classroom leaders. Provide opportunities for at least 1-2 hours of play each day and include a combination of both structured and unstructured play. Physical activity is not only important for keeping children at a healthy weight; it promotes physical, cognitive and emotional development. It is recommended that toddlers receive 30 minutes of structured and 60 minutes of unstructured physical activity per day. It is recommended that preschoolers receive 60 minutes of structured and 60 minutes of unstructured physical activity per day.

Snowstorm

This activity can help get toddlers physically active while incorporating elements of the ELDS: Approaches Toward Learning and Cognition and General Knowledge.

You will need: Cotton balls and a basket

Directions

  1. Spread cotton balls on floor.
  2. Have children run around and pick them up placing them in a basket/bag/bucket.
  3. After all cotton balls are collected throw them into the air so they fall onto the children.
  4. Encourage children to collect as many as they can with their arms and hands as they fall.
  5. Have the children pick all cotton balls up and start again.

Farm Animal Round-Up

This activity can help get toddlers and school age children physically active while incorporating elements of the ELDS: Approaches Toward Learning and Cognition and General Knowledge.

You will need: Balloons in at least two different colors, fly swatters, sharpie markers

Directions

  1. Blow up between 15-20 balloons in two different colors, for example 10 pink balloons and 10 white balloons
  2. Draw faces on the balloons so that each color represents an animal, pink pigs, white cows, brown goats, etc.
  3. Place all the balloons in the center of the room and designate the corners of the room as “pens” for animals.
  4. Hand out one fly swatter to each child
  5. Have the children herd the balloon animals using the fly swatters into their respective pens
  6. Once the herding is complete bring all balloon animals back out into the center of the room and take turns herding them again

Amoeba Tag

This game is great for children getting ready for kindergarten and school-aged children. Not only does this game work on gross motor skills, but also engages children in the following ELDS: social studies and mathematics

Before You Start: Establish boundaries and pick one child to be “it”.

How to Play:

The “it” person is to tag as many people as possible. Those who are tagged now have to link arms or hold hands with the “it” person. Then they have to work together to tag everyone else. As the chain gets bigger they can be split into smaller chains. 

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