In many programs, indoor or outdoor gross motor space is limited which affects the type of equipment that can be used in the space. Stationary equipment takes up more space, may need impact absorbing surfacing underneath and is often more expensive than portable gross motor equipment. In small indoor or outdoor gross motor spaces, portable gross motor equipment is an appropriate choice as it can meet the different interests and abilities of children and stimulate many gross motor skills.
Here are just a few examples of portable equipment and activities that can be used with many age levels:
Ball play stimulates children’s motor skills and hand/eye coordination as they roll, catch, throw, kick, hit and dribble. Check out the link below for a variety of ball play activities to do with children.
Set up an indoor or outdoor obstacle course to build upon children’s physical and social skills. Check out the article below which provides great ideas for setting up obstacle courses for children.
As children use scooters they move their bodies in numerous ways and build upon their strength and endurance. The link below provides some fun activities to do while using scooters.
Kids of all ages can use hula hoops to practice skills such as coordination, balance, strength and endurance. The article below provides many ideas for using hula hoops with children.
Don’t forget that teacher interaction is an important part of children’s gross motor play. Don’t be a bystander! Model gross motor skills, offer needed assistance and encouragement, and actively supervise to ensure children have engaging and safe gross motor experiences.