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Gross Motor Play

What is gross motor play?

  • Gross motor play is any kind of activity that requires children to move their whole body.

  • Gross motor play also includes activities that involve eye-hand coordination such as throwing, catching, and kicking a ball.

Why is gross motor play a part of our curriculum?

  • It exercises the large core stabilizing muscles of the body that help us stand, walk, run, and sit upright. These muscles are also required for fine motor work including writing.

  • Children develop balance, body awareness, self-regulation, coordination, motor planning, and proprioception (sense of body in space) through gross motor play.

  • The practice and eventual mastery of physical skills develops resilience and self-esteem.

  • Children practice social skills by playing games such as tag, catch, and hide and seek.

  • Research has shown that playing outside strengthens connections with nature, lowers stress levels, reduces obesity risk, boosts immunity, and develops a sense of wonder.

Examples of gross motor play in our school:

  • Children participate in a weekly children’s yoga class with a certified children's yoga instructor.

  • Music and movement time is a part of the daily schedule.

  • Classes spend time on our two shaded outdoor playgrounds every day enjoying the sandbox, swings, climbing structure, mud kitchen, monkey bars, seesaw, or circle cycle.

  • During inclement weather, our indoor play space provides opportunities to climb, ride tricycles, throw, balance, build, and more.

Gross Motor Play in Action

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