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.
Restore order in your home and never be unprepared on a rainy day again! 20 toddler activities for energetic fun that helps your toddler learn and grow!
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:
- Riding a Bike
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!
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!