Gross Motor Activities

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Lots of gross motor activities that are fun, motivating and work on important developmental skills!

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Need a gross motor activity idea for your penguin theme? This is a wonderful addition to your penguin lesson plans for preschool or a brain break for older students.

Penguin Theme - Movement Activity for Kids - Your Therapy Source

Need a gross motor activity idea for your penguin theme? This is a wonderful addition to your penguin lesson plans for preschool or a brain break for older students.

Here are a few freebies that work great for indoor recess when you need something in a hurry. They would make a fun back to school gift for teachers – print them off, toss them in a file folder and teachers have some “go to” activities for when the weather takes a turn for the […]

8 Print and Go Ideas for Indoor Recess - Your Therapy Source

Here are a few freebies that work great for indoor recess when you need something in a hurry. They would make a fun back to school gift for teachers – print them off, toss them in a file folder and teachers have some “go to” activities for when the weather takes a turn for the […]

sight word mix up game from Your Therapy Source

Mix It Up Sight Word Game - Your Therapy Source

sight word mix up game from Your Therapy Source

Beanbag Alphabet Fun Gross Motor and Body Awareness

Beanbag Alphabet Fun - Gross Motor and Body Awareness Activity - Your Therapy Source

Beanbag Alphabet Fun Gross Motor and Body Awareness

Gross Motor Board Games digital download includes 12 no-prep games to print and play to encourage gross motor skill development throughout the year. Are your students tired of routine gross motor practice? Add these FUN games to your toolkit to keep children active and engaged while improving their skills at the same time! This packet was created by Regina Parsons-Allen, a pediatric certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.

Gross Motor Game Boards

Gross Motor Board Games digital download includes 12 no-prep games to print and play to encourage gross motor skill development throughout the year. Are your students tired of routine gross motor practice? Add these FUN games to your toolkit to keep children active and engaged while improving their skills at the same time! This packet was created by Regina Parsons-Allen, a pediatric certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.

5 Gross Motor Activities for Small Spaces | The Sensory Spectrum

School based therapists are frequently working on gross motor skills in small spaces. Here are five gross motor activities for small spaces that will help.

The Functional Skills for Kids is a 12-month long series written by occupational and physical therapy bloggers on the development of 12 functional skills for children. This month the topic is play! Each month throughout 2016, we will discuss the development of one functional skill in children addressing the many components of that skill. The […]

Gross Motor Skills and the Development of Play in Children - Your Therapy Source

The Functional Skills for Kids is a 12-month long series written by occupational and physical therapy bloggers on the development of 12 functional skills for children. This month the topic is play! Each month throughout 2016, we will discuss the development of one functional skill in children addressing the many components of that skill. The […]

gross motor skills in children with autism

Gross Motor Skills in Children with Autism - Your Therapy Source

The Journal of Child & Adolescent Behavior published research comparing the gross motor skill performance on 21 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and 21 age matched peers (5-10 years) using the Test of Gross Motor Development-2 (TGMD- 2). The motor performance scores on the TGMD-2 were compared. The following results were recorded: 1. For the locomotor subtest, 67% …

Gross Motor Skills and Handwriting - The gross motor skills involved in handwriting mainly refer to the postural control that is required for writing.  Efficient control of the larger muscle groups in the neck, shoulder and trunk is necessary to maintain stability in order for the fingers and hands to move to complete the handwriting task.

Gross Motor Skills and Handwriting - Your Therapy Source

Gross Motor Skills and Handwriting - The gross motor skills involved in handwriting mainly refer to the postural control that is required for writing. Efficient control of the larger muscle groups in the neck, shoulder and trunk is necessary to maintain stability in order for the fingers and hands to move to complete the handwriting task.

Here is an easy outdoor activity to challenge body awareness, motor planning and balance skills.  Find two trees about 6 feet apart.  Give the child a skein of yarn or twine.  Wrap the yarn around the two trees in all different directions and heights to make the “laser” maze.  Once complete, the child needs to […]

Kid Created Outdoor "Laser" Maze - Your Therapy Source

Here is an easy outdoor activity to challenge body awareness, motor planning and balance skills. Find two trees about 6 feet apart. Give the child a skein of yarn or twine. Wrap the yarn around the two trees in all different directions and heights to make the “laser” maze. Once complete, the child needs to […]

In order to meet the 2 hour recommendation for physical activity, gross motor skills for preschoolers should be encouraged throughout the day.

Gross Motor Skills For Preschoolers - 3 Ways to Embed Physical Activity - Your Therapy Source

In order to meet the 2 hour recommendation for physical activity, gross motor skills for preschoolers should be encouraged throughout the day.

Motor Skill Interventions versus Play-Based Lessons for Preschoolers

Motor Skill Interventions versus Play-Based Lessons for Preschoolers - Your Therapy Source

Preschools provide many opportunities for play and motor skill development. Recent research attempted to answer the question regarding the outcomes of motor skill interventions versus play-based lessons for preschoolers.

School-based occupational and physical therapists frequently recommend and educate PreK teachers on the benefits of motor skill activities throughout the day.  An important question to answer is how often should preK students have movement groups?

How Often Should PreK Students Have Movement Groups? - Your Therapy Source

School-based occupational and physical therapists frequently recommend and educate PreK teachers on the benefits of motor skill activities throughout the day. An important question to answer is how often should preK students have movement groups?

Embedding motor skill activities into the preschool classroom is so important to help children develop postural control, locomotor skills, and coordination skills.  Here are 5 strategies to support gross motor skills in the classroom.

Strategies to Support Gross Motor Skills in the Classroom - Your Therapy Source

Embedding motor skill activities into the preschool classroom is so important to help children develop postural control, locomotor skills, and coordination skills. Here are 5 strategies to support gross motor skills in the classroom.

Research in Developmental Disabilities published a review of 45 research articles analyzing the motor skills of of children (between 6-16 years old) with ADHD  and the influence of medication on their motor skills. The results indicated the following: 1.  more than half of the children with ADHD have difficulties with gross and fine motor skills. […]

Motor Skills, ADHD and Medication - Your Therapy Source

Research in Developmental Disabilities published a review of 45 research articles analyzing the motor skills of of children (between 6-16 years old) with ADHD and the influence of medication on their motor skills. The results indicated the following: 1. more than half of the children with ADHD have difficulties with gross and fine motor skills. […]

Research in Developmental Disabilities published research on the motor abilities of 99 adolescents with disruptive behavior disorder (DBD) and evaluated the role of comorbid ADHD.  Each participant was assessed with The Bruininks–Oseretsky test of motor proficiency, Second Edition.  In addition, further statistical analyses were completed to determine differences in motor profiles between individuals diagnosed with […]

Motor Skill Abilities and Disruptive Behavior Disorder - Your Therapy Source

Research in Developmental Disabilities published research on the motor abilities of 99 adolescents with disruptive behavior disorder (DBD) and evaluated the role of comorbid ADHD. Each participant was assessed with The Bruininks–Oseretsky test of motor proficiency, Second Edition. In addition, further statistical analyses were completed to determine differences in motor profiles between individuals diagnosed with […]