Summer Large Motor Ideas
Roll out a long strip of bulletin
board paper on a sidewalk or other paved area outdoors. Place a
of plastic or a large sheet of cardboard at one end of the paper. Pour a
puddle of tempera paint onto
the plastic or cardboard; then invite a child to ride a tricycle through
the paint puddle and onto
the paper! Encourage him to make straight, wavy, and squiggly lines with
the paint as he pedals.
Change paint colors and trike drivers until you have a beautiful mural and
lots of large motor practice.
Road Obstacle Course
How about a road obstacle course.
We drew roads with chalk-even the dotted lines and yellow stripes.
We set up the play kitchen for "McDonald's", a gas tank for a
service station. The kids created their own stop signs
and one way signs and placed them where they wanted to go. (They learned
direction and road safety this way).
Save enough empty and cleaned
plastic milk jugs as you have tricycles. Poke a small hole in the
bottom of the jugs.
Tape or tie one to each trike with the top up. Now set up a gas station
complete with a hose or buckets
of water, funnels and something to pour with. Let the children
take turns being drivers or gas station attendants.
They really like the idea of running out of gas - kind of real
life stuff. You can also have "tow trucks" in case
someone runs out of gas before they make it back to the gas
I took several boxes (same size)
and taped them together making tunnels in different directions.
They like to
hide stuff animals in the tunnels and crawl through to find them. I even
made a couple dead ends that they had
to maneuver their bodies to turn around in a small space. The
boys like to race cars and trucks through it.
Bubble Wrap Ride
Fasten your seatbelts, this
activity will take your children for a bumpy ride. In
advance, collect a supply of
bubble wrap with large bubbles. Use sturdy double sided tape to attach
the wrap to a paved area on
your playground. Set a few ride on toys near the wrap and invite
youngsters to ride over the wrap.
If desired, create a bubble wrap path for little ones to drive over. POP!
(for older children):
Need to have a large jump rope
for 2 to hold while 1 other child jumps and does the actions
BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, TURN AROUND,
BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, TOUCH THE GROUND,
BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, TOUCH THE SKY,
BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, TOUCH YOUR SHOE,
BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, I LOVE YOU.
have used this same rhyme for younger children to do the actions
without using the jump rope.
We take walks of many kinds during
the summer. One is a penny hike. At the end of each
flip a penny.... heads you go one way, tails the other. The kids
think this is really funny is we
go around the same block twice! We also do color hikes and look for items
of a certain color.
Have a summer Olympics.
Play water volleyball (water balloon as the ball and catch it in a
towel or sheet and toss back over the net)
Play water baseball - get one of those big plastic baseball bats
and hit a large
wet sponge off a Tee - have mini pools or shallow buckets be the bases.
Divide the children onto 2 teams
and let them tug-of-war.
Use chalk to draw a circle on the
side walk. Draw a line several feet from the circle.
If the ball does not roll into the circle or if it rolls out, the
child must sit down.
Drop the Bean Bag
Have all the children sit in a
Choose one child to be "it".
"it" is given the bean bag and is instructed to walk
around the circle very quietly.
"IT" drops the bean bag behind a child oh his/her choice.
That child picks up the bean bag and chases "it" around the
"it" must sit in the child's spot first.
The child who was given the bean bag is the next child to be
Make sure that each child is given a turn to be "it"
Thread short lengths of twine or
sturdy yarn through several large jingle bells; then tie the bells
to the links on the swings' chains. As your little ones begin
swinging, the bells will begin ringing.
Let the children pretend to be
swimmers," diving into the water and swimming across the pool.
Swimming In the Ocean
Pretend to be swimming in the
ocean. Jump over imaginary waves, pretend
to surf, listen to Beach Boys while doing this. Don't forget the
We love to play the classics like
Red Rover, Red Rover.... Mother May I, etc. I like to put a
on it....I have them line up and ask, "who ever is wearing blue shorts,
please take two steps....etc.
Get the rings that you throw in the
pool or for ring toss. Get how many as you can, different colors
same. Make an obstacle course. Lay them on the floor (grass
preferred). Make them a little bit farther
so they have to jump, but not that far. Make two courses and you
cut up them plastic color cloths and
make strips. Get two different colors. The person to relinquish
all their colors before the other team wins.
Have a person on each end of the course.
Have little ones practice balance
by carrying a tennis racket out in front of them and balancing a
tennis ball on it.
On really hot days give the
children natural sponges, the ones with the big holes
in them, and a water source. Then pair the children up and let them
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