Movement Zone: Gross Motor Activities to Support Your Kids’ Physical Activity Needs
I know your kids are literally climbing the walls (and mine are too 🧗) so let’s talk about how to support your kids’ physical activity needs with gross motor activities – or what I like to call, a Movement Zone. We have had a movement zone even before #coronatimes but we have had to completely transform our living room into a full on ninja warrior course 🏃 – with little upfront investment and work.
I don’t need to educate you on why recess is important for kids.
We know that recess is important for children in school – but how can we get the same benefits with children who are at home feeling cooped up? Today, I want you to create some kind of dedicated movement zone to help your kids burn energy!
THE CHALLENGE: Create Haven
Take a look around your space and see what you can do to support your child’s movement. It’s time to get creative! Dedicate a room for your little ones to get out the energy they NEED to get out! 🤼♀️
- Take out any sharp or breakable objects and move away the wooden furniture (spoiler alert: House & Garden isn’t coming to feature your home right now. 🤣)
- Gather all your soft and fluffies. 🧸 Lay them out for climbing on, over, or through. Gather all your cushions, pillows, bean bags and blankets!
- Pump up that music 🎵 and set some challenges. “Only step on the green!” “Do the obstacle course with your hands behind your back!” “Get from one side to the other while blindfolded!”
- Do whatever it takes to get your kids moving! Heck, even hang a swing! (It’s much easier than you think. 😲) Get a climbing dome! Check out my Instagram highlights to see the swings, ropes, ladders, and bars hanging in our living room.
Encourage Your Kids’ Physical Activity with Fun Gross Motor Activities
Create a movement zone in your home and show us your work! Post a picture 📸 on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #PlayPandemic for a chance to be featured! Supporting your kids’ physical activity through gross motor activities like lifting, balancing, climbing and jumping allows them to sink more deeply into their independent play throughout the rest of the day – which means Mama gets to feel those benefits too 💆!