20 fun and easy gross motor play ideas perfect for a rainy day. Indoor toddler activities that get your toddler moving and help develop their body and mind.

Indoor activities that get your toddler moving are a necessity on rainy days!

Running and playing outdoors is always a great way to burn off energy and get your toddler moving, but on days when the weather is bad, you need a backup plan to keep everyone happy!

Help your child develop their gross motor skills with any one of these 20 easy, low-prep, toddler activities.

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Gross Motor Skills in Toddlers

As toddlers grow, they have more and more energy as well as a desire to test out the capabilities of their growing bodies. Therefore, it is important to provide educational activities that teach and encourage toddlers to use their bodies in a variety of ways; activities that involve gross motor skills.

Gross motor skills involve balance, coordination, and the movement of the large muscle groups found in the arms, legs, and torso.

While most children will naturally explore and develop their gross motor skills, children who struggle with these abilities may need extra support and encouragement. That’s why it is important to provide toddler activities that focus on gross motor skills, even on rainy days.

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Examples of Gross Motor Skills in Toddlers:

  • Running
  • Jumping
  • Climbing
  • Crawling
  • Throwing
  • Catching
  • Riding a Bike
  • Balancing

Gross motor skills are important to encourage and develop for strong healthy bodies. But a toddler’s gross motor skills actually impact more than just a their physical development.

Research shows that gross motor skills can help:

  • prevent childhood obesity
  • improve cognitive development
  • increase social and language skills
  • enhance physical fitness
  • help prevent low self-esteem and anxiety
  • (Veldman, Jones, Okely, 2016)

Regardless of your toddler’s natural abilities, (we are not all born sports stars) gross motor skills will help your child succeed and grow in all areas of development.

Playing outdoors is one of the best ways to encourage gross motor play, but that isn’t always possible due to bad weather. Toddlers need to exercise their bodies everyday and sometimes being stuck indoors can lead toddlers to get a little stir crazy!

These 20 toddler activities are perfect for rainy days and encouraging gross motor development indoors!

20 Gross Motor Toddler Activities for Indoor Play

1. Sock Toss by Joyful Bunny

Your toddler will love this quick activity from items already in your home!

20 fun and easy gross motor play ideas perfect for a rainy day. Indoor toddler activities that get your toddler moving and help develop their body and mind.

Grab some socks and ball them up, like you normally would to keep them together. Get your clothes hamper, a bucket, or tape a piece of paper to the floor for an easy target.

Ta da! A quick activity to help your toddler practice their aim and a safe choice for throwing inside!

2. Kid Friendly Dance Songs to Get You Moving by My Mommy Style

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3. Hide and Go Seek

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4. Magnetic Fishing Game by Craftulate

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5. Masking Tape Roads for Kids by Living Well Mom

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6. Toddler Obstacle Course by Little Learning Club

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7. Gross Motor Farm Game by Modern Preschool

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8. Hunt for Hearts a Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt by Hands On as We Grow

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9. Pool Noodle Balance Bean by Toddler at Play

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10. Balloon Olympics: 7 Sports Kids Can Play with Balloons by Entertain Your Toddler

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11. Paper Plate Ring Toss Game by A Little Learning for Two

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12. Bubble Wrap Stomp Painting by Mess for Less

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13. Simon Says

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14. 6 Yoga Poses Toddlers Can Do by Nerdy Mamma

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15. 5 Different Activities for 6 Lines of Tape by Hands on As We Grow

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16. Building Blocks: Toddler STEM Activity by Busy Toddler

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17. Garage Toss Gross Motor Rainy Day Play by Days with Grey

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18. 10 Best Songs for Gross Motor Movement by Let’s Play Music

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19. Make a Bubble Wrap Runway for Kids of All Ages by Hands On As We Grow

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20. 10 Ball Games for Kids- Ideas for Active Play Indoors by Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls

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