Winter Gross Motor Activities

BRRRR! Winter is in the air and snow is on the ground. That means it’s time for some Winter Gross Motor Activities! Children will have fun pretending to be a Snowman as they work on improving their gross motor skills!

This Gross Motor Movement Poem is perfect for Preschoolers to First graders!

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In this post, we will look at what skills are targeted with this activity.  Then, you can see a video that demonstrates the Snowman Snowman Gross Motor Movement Poem.  Finally, we will look at WHY gross motor development is important for fine motor skills!

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Winter Gross Motor Activities

FIRST, LET’S LOOK AT WHAT MOTOR MOVEMENTS ARE ADDRESSED IN THE SNOWMAN GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES PACK:

The pack includes a movement poem titled Snowman Snowman!  The poem asks kids to pretend they are a Snowman as they imitate 10 movement patterns.  For example:

  • Squats
  • Hopping
  • Crossing Midline
  • Balancing on one foot
  • Turning in circles
  • Standing on toes
  • Bear Walk
  • Snow Angel
  • In addition to working on gross motor skills, kids will also work on following multi-step directions, prepositions, body parts, AND right/left discrimination!

NEXT, Let’s take a peek at the Snowman Gross Motor video!

You can use the video as a guide to see how to complete the Gross Motor Movement Poem.  However, your child can also follow along WITH the video! 

Prior to completing the Gingerbread Man Gross Motor Activities, you will need to:

  1. Download the 5 PAGE FREE SNOWMAN GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES PACK by clicking HERE!
  2. Read the instructional page
  3. Review the Poem provided in the pack
  4. Print pages 1-3 on card stock and laminate.  If you are doing this activity with a group of kiddos, make sure they EACH have the Snowflake Visual (page 3). 
  5. Watch the video to get an idea of how to complete the activity.
  6. Most importantly, HAVE FUN with this Winter Gross Motor Activities Pack!
  7. As an added fine motor bonus, instead of printing off the Snowflake provided in the pack, you can have your child MAKE a snowflake to hold! Here are some ideas on ways to tear paper, cut paper, scrunch paper, paint, and even use textures to make a snowflake. Click HERE!

Finally, Let’s See HOW FINE and GROSS MOTOR SKILLS work together!

Working on gross motor skills help improve balance, coordination, strength, and core stability!  A good base of support in your trunk muscles (proximal control) is important for your arms and hands (distal control), which is needed for writing, cutting, buttoning, and manipulating small objects.

In other words, gross motor activities help support fine motor skills!
PLUS, Gross Motor Activities also provide a movement break and prepare the body for work!

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As always, make sure children have adult supervision for safety.  These activities should not take the place of medical or therapeutic advice or intervention.

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