Are you looking for different ways to help your kid with their gross motor skills? Today we have 25 movement activities for children that are so much fun and are a great way to promote physical development.
Fun Movement Activities For Kids of All Ages
There’s no better way to promote physical activity than with a movement activity that is also lots of fun.
Movement games are an essential part of a child’s development as they help different areas of life, such as:
- hand-eye coordination
- emotional development and social skills
- important gross motor skills
- fine motor skills
That’s why today we have lots of fun activities for all ages, including young children in preschool years and older kids too. We also included a mix of exciting outdoor play and easy indoor movement activities.
These gross motor activities will provide many creative ideas that you can adapt to your kids’ skills or environment, so don’t worry if you don’t have all the supplies or check every box.
Let’s get started!
1. Team Building Activities for Kids
Here are tons of stretch band activities for kids that require them to work together. The result? Fun social activities and with a bonding theme, all in one!
2. I Spy: Math, Science, and Nature Edition
Let’s get outside and explore! Make your walks more interesting with a classic game of I Spy.
3. DIY Super Mario Party with Obstacle Course
Here’s a fun obstacle course, Super Mario Party-themed. Play the fun music from a speaker, set up the obstacles, and watch the kiddos have the time of their lives.
4. Juggling Three Balls: Make Your Own Filled Balloon
The best things about these juggling balls are the rubbery surface which gives them a good grip while learning to juggle and how easy they are to make.
5. Bosu Exercises
Here are lots of exercises you can do with a Bosu ball (think of an exercise ball cut in half). Perfect for rainy days where we still need to move, but space is limited.
6. Sock Mopping: Exercise and Clean at the Same Time
Involve your children in cleaning activities with a sock mopping exercise game. This is especially useful for families with young kids.
7. Make Physical Fitness Fun Alphabet Exercises
Try these great alphabet exercises with your child, and they will learn while they are moving their bodies.
8. DIY Hopscotch Playmat
Learn how to create this simple and fun hopscotch play mat and spark hours of active play while engaging every body part.
9. Map Game: Following Directions Grid Game Map Skills Activities
A map game can help your child learn the important life skill of map reading while practicing counting and new vocabulary.
10. Make a Sidewalk Chalk Game Board
Your kids will have so much fun with this sidewalk chalk game board!
11. Laundry Basket Skee Ball (With Ball Pit Balls!)
This ball pit game is simple to set up and creates active play indoors that will not involve breaking anything! From Frugal Fun 4 Boys.
12. Madeline Movement Game
This movement game is so simple to set up, but so much fun for kids. It is a gross motor activity that will have kids running, jumping, hopping and more! From Fun Learning For Kids.
13. DIY Hallway Laser Maze Indoor Fun For Kids
Learn how to turn your hallway into a laser maze for some easy, inexpensive indoor fun for kids! From It’s Always Autumn.
14. LEGO Duplo Ring Toss
With some basic LEGO Duplo bricks and an everyday craft supply kids can create this simple activity! From Stir The Wonder.
15. Moving My Body Gross Motor Game
Make a super fun body gross motor dice, perfect for preschoolers – the best thing is that it is a great way to get them moving. From Life Over C’s.
16. Indoor Gross Motor Activities For Preschoolers
These fun indoor games are perfect for developing kids’ gross motor skills! Simple to set up and great for getting out extra energy. From Little Bins For Little Hands.
17. Painter’s Tape Jump Boxes
Use painter’s tape to make a little series of jump boxes and watch your toddler jump across the hallway and have fun. From Mama Papa Bubba.
18. Indoor Obstacle Course Ideas for All Ages!
We love an activity that appeals to a range of ages and ability levels. You can change the course as many times as needed to promote creative movements! From How To Run a Homeday Care.
19. Name Hop Gross Motor Name Activity
The beauty of this simple gross motor name activity is that it can be done inside or outside and on the fly! From Fantastic Fun and Learning.
20. DIY Sidewalk Foam Paint
Kids can have so much fun creating different shapes and figures with this DIY foam paint! From The Tip Toe Fairy.
21. DIY Ring Toss Game
This ring toss game would definitely be perfect for summer picnics, family reunions, and 4th of July celebrations! Follow the instrutions to make our own. From Mom Endeavors.
22. Shadow Sidewalk Chalk Art
This shadow sidewalk chalk art project for kids is a hands-on STEAM activity that can help children learn about shadow science and how shadows form. From Rhythms of Play.
23. Learning (Plus its Fun!) Indoor Obstacle Course for Kids
Here’s a fun idea for a learning obstacle course for preschoolers and kindergarteners doing letter recognition lessons. From Hands On As We Grow.
24. Indoor Hopscotch Game
This indoor hopscotch game (made from a yoga mat) is a reusable activity that helps kids move to burn energy even when indoors. From The Stay-At-Home Mom Survival Guide.
25. Ice Skating
With simple paper plates and tape, you too can make your own ice skating ring inside your home for pretend play. Make your best ice skating moves! From Apples & ABC’s.
Check out these fun activities for kids of all ages:
Which are your favorite movement activities for children?