Motor planning a child's body through space, through a classroom, on a playground or an obstacle course is good practice to help them understand how their body moves in space, as well as balancing, and it's usually fun for the kids.
If no space available for a DIY open obstacle course, try these other activities.
- Cut up pool noodles lengthwise and lay them on the floor in different directions. Ask the child to jump from noodle to noodle keeping the pool noodle between the feet.
- Marching is a simple gross motor activity that can develop a number of different skills. The task takes walking one step further as children have to imitate the steps. Encourage the child to begin with the leg movements in place, followed by stepping and arm movements.
- Pretend play - Ideas for pretend play that uses motor skills includes Fly like an airplane, or hop like a bunny.
- Tunnel Crawling - a great activity as the child uses motor skills while developing a sense of object permanence. Make it more fun by incorporating peek-a-boo, hide-and-seek, and pretend play.
The more a child practices a motor skill, the better it becomes.