Couch to Kindergarten
Couch to Kindergarten Gross Motor Activities for your Preschool Aged Children
Below are some ideas to help prepare your children for the physical demands of kindergarten and daily life beyond that. These recommendations can be fun ways to increase physical activity in your kids and your daily life, and they can all be adapted to meet your circumstances, activity area, or available materials. If you have any questions or would like any other ideas about physical activity for your kids or family, you can contact our PE teacher, Mr. Patrick Schultheiss at firstname.lastname@example.org
General Physical Activity Guidelines:
- Try to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. This can be any activity that involves more movement that normal (free play, organized sports or lessons, guided play, or even walking the grocery store).
- Let the kids direct the type of activity.
- Promote an environment of multiple movement patterns and movement problems that they can solve. In other words, let them explore movement on their own. It is okay if they are not perfect or that they fall down sometimes.
- Keep it safe.
- And most importantly, HAVE FUN and do it TOGETHER! Being active with your kids is a great way to get to know them, and to interact with them in so many unique ways.
On the back is a sample list of games that you can do with your kids and family.
- The Floor is Lava: A classic activity that doesn’t get enough credit. Enjoy this on any day when boredom strikes. Participants move through the room without touching the floor. It’s LAVA!
- Target Practice: Set up a target practice for preschoolers to throw something at (whether it’s mud or bean bags)!
- Hop Skip & Jump: Set up paper plates or towels or rags around the house or outside and have them jump from one to the next. If you have different color plates, there’s lots of options!
- String Scavenger Hunt: String some string around the room, through chairs and set up treasures along the way to find! Have them follow it through, going in and out, under and over to see what they can find!
- Tape Road: This will definitely get them moving and busy for the day! Tape a road throughout the house or room and let them drive drive drive!
- A Spy Game: Tape up a ‘spider web’ in the hallway for them to crawl through. Stick pom poms or cotton balls to it for them to pick up along the way.
- Jumping Game: See how far they can jump!
- Newspaper Throwing: Have a little indoor ‘basketball’ with newspapers!
- Balance Beam: If you have old boards lying around, use them to make a balance beam. It does not need to be straight. I also enjoy using an old garden hose. It provides some different sensory stimulation.
- Frisbee Toss: Find some lids to act as frisbees. Tape a couple lines on the floor for targets and see if you can land them just right! (can be played with balls, playing cards, rags, or any other objects that can be thrown)
If you go to Cole website or facebook page you can find this document with links to more detailed explanations of the games. Again, these are a starting point. Creativity can go a long way in having a lot of fun with minimal equipment or set up.