We all need to work on our gross motor skills in Reception. Gross motor (physical) skills are those which require whole body movement and which involve the large (core stabilising) muscles of the body to perform everyday functions, such as standing and walking, running and jumping, and sitting upright at the table. These are really important for our future so we do lots of work to develop our big muscles as well as the little ones (holding and controlling a pencil!)
Here are some ideas to help develop your child’s gross motor skills:
1) Make BIG ART, use your feet, make huge splatter paintings, shake it, throw it, chalk it. Use your whole arms.
2) Draw big chalk roads for the children to walk/cycle/balance on.
3) Play with balloons, they need big wide hands, they move a lot and they need very careful treatment. How can you make it move? Tennis racket? Hit it? Kick it? Pop it?
4) Go on a scavenger hunt.
5) Balancing. You can balance on walls on lines on all sorts. Can you balance things on your head?
6) There are some great kids yoga videos on YouTube, try searching for Cosmic Kids. Jamie takes you on some great Yoga adventures.
7) Climbing trees!
8) Make an obstacle course, use all sorts of things you can climb on, jump off, wriggle through, balance on, roll through, etc…
9) Play hopscotch or other super fun old school games, what playground games did you live playing as a kid?
10) Put on some music and DANCE DANCE DANCE! We are so lucky to have beautiful families that love us, and dancing together is such a fun, bonding and loving thing to do.
Have fun working those big muscles, Houndsfield gang! 👍🏽💪
The Reception team!