Hey guys! Welcome back 🙂 We have been having so much fun with our Valentine’s Day activities. Today I will show you the perfect indoor gross motor activity to get your little one moving and grooving all while working on beneficial skills.
- Foam Hearts (Dollar Tree)
- Bean Bag
DIY Bean Bag
- Two square pieces of felt
- Needle and thread
How to make your own bean bag
To make your own bean bag, you will need the materials listed above. Take your two square pieces of felt and sew three sides together. With one side left open, fill it with rice and then sew it closed!
How to set up hopscotch?
Hopscotch was one of my favorite childhood games. It was a game I could play independently, at my own pace and make up my own rules… if I wanted! When I saw these foam hearts at the dollar tree, I knew I could make the perfect indoor hopscotch game! To begin, I wrote the numbers 1-10 on each heart. I then taped them to the floor.
Gross Motor Activity
Gross motor activities do not have to always be outside, this was the perfect indoor activity. This activity involved upper and lower body movements which includes throwing, jumping, hopping and bending. I think Aliza was a little young to truly understand the whole concept of hopscotch but she tried.
To play: Toss your bean bag onto a number heart. Hop on one foot on the single heart and two feet on the double hearts. Hop until you get to your bean bag. Bend and grab bean bag when it is in front of you. Depending on the location of the bean bag will depend on the difficulty of your bend. You may have to bend on one foot, or you may be able to bend with two!
What age do children start to hop on one foot?
This was an awesome way to practice hoping on one foot which requires length strength, balance and coordination. Most children start hopping on one foot around 4 years old. Playing this game will help encourage this skill. Aliza also has ballet to thank for some good coordination and balance.
Hand eye coordination
We were also able to practice some hand eye coordination. I would tell Aliza a number to throw her bean bag on and she would try to land on that number. Not as easy as it seems for a 3 year old. Not only was this good hand eye coordination, but good number recognition practice.
Hopscotch is a great way to release some energy all while working on gross motor skills. We used hearts for Valentine’s Day, but you can use shapes, chalk or anything you’d like.
Check out how much fun Aliza had playing hopscotch!
Don’t forget to check out the rest of our Valentine’s Day activities including: