190 Colonnade Road Unit #15 Ottawa, Ontario 613-224-8476
ABA Connections - Carleton Place
40 Bennett Street, Unit B Carleton Place, Ontario 613- 253-7702
10 Ways We’re Encouraging Gross Motor Activities
It’s time to get moving!
With our gross motor room updated to include some new visuals – here are 10 ways we are encouraging gross motor activity throughout our sessions.
1. Walk the line – Choose a line and have your client practice hoping, jumping, walking, shuffling etc. to the other side
2. Floor is Lava – Place paper/pillows/mats/lines on the floor and have your client jump from item to item without falling in
3. Obstacle Course – Bring out the tunnel, hula hoops, skipping ropes, cones, trampoline, balls etc. and set up a course that has your client crawling, jumping, climbing, squatting and more
4. Jump and Grab – Tape items or pictures (or sight words!) on the wall and have your client jump to grab or touch them as you call out the target
5. Freeze Dance – put on some music and have your client dance till the music stops – add scarves, bubbles, or lights!
6. Snake Rope – wiggle a skipping rope with a partner and have clients jump over
7. Target Practice – setup targets at various heights and have your client practice throwing/kicking a ball/bean bag
8. Ribbon Waving – Practice rotating arms and wrists or extending their arm with the ribbon wands
9. Trail Hop – lay out circle mats/hula hoops and have your client jump from circle to circle – change it up and use cut out feet, letters, shapes, numbers etc.
10. Relay Race – place an empty bin on one side and various items on the other then have your client run to the other side, grab an item and place it in the bin – call out the item to make it more challenging!
Have any other ideas? Let us know!
Leigh Giles administrator
Leigh Giles is the Clinical Director of ABA Connections and a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).