If your kids need a unique gross motor activity, consider BIG PAINTING!!!
Anytime is a great time to get outside and do some active art with your family. This is a great project for children who love to move! At The Homegrown Preschooler, we love a “two-fer” – an activity where we can work on two skills or more at a time. Here, we are covering art, gross motor and sensory play!
BIG Painting: Take a long piece of butcher or wrapping and tape it to your driveway or sidewalk. Squirt some washable tempera paint into a disposable aluminum pan. Let your child be creative and see what he can use to paint. Rolling different kinds of textured balls is fun! Giant Duplo blocks,trucks and cars make great tracks.
One of our favorite big items to paint with are knee high stockings filled with sand. After you fill the bottom of the stocking with sand, tie a knot in the top. Dip the sand ball into the paint and drop it on the paper, it makes a beautiful print, and a very satisfying SPLAT!!!
When you are done, let the painting dry and use it for colorful gift wrap.
This activity, and many more can be found in our year-long curriculum for children 3-7 “A Year of Playing Skillfully.”
Lesli & Kathy