1. Tunnel-- We love having a tunnel in this house. This one is great for toddlers on up through early elementary. It's a fun day to play tag, hide and seek, building an obstacle course, and improve balance, and weight shifting.
2. Baseball bat and T-- Swinging a bat doesn't just have to be about baseball. It's also about building up those arm muscles, making the arms and waist work together, hand-eye coordination, and focus. And you'll love the look on your preschooler's face when they actually connect with the ball.
3. Bouncy Ball-- Large bouncy balls are a lot of fun for bouncing, switching hands, and catching. Throw them on the ground and kick them around while your child works on foot-eye coordination as well.
4. Balance Beam-- Balance beams are easy and inexpensive to construct. And if not, pick up a roll or painter's tape and make a balance beam on the floor. Great of improving balance, muscle development, and a sense of confidence.
5. Basketball Hoop-- What little one doesn't love to throw a ball into a hoop? Great for aim, working the legs and arms together, and focus.
6. Hula Hoops-- Hula hoops are so versatile. Swing them on your arm, around your waist, lay them on the ground to hop through, use them for hopscotch, etc.
7. Dancing Ribbons-- We all love to dance. And adding ribbons makes it even more fun. How many ways can you swing the ribbons and make them fly?
8. Tossing Games-- Along with basketball, tossing games help coordinate the arms, hands, and wrists. Toss bean bags in a basket or hula hoops, make a corn hole game, or invest in toss across.
9. Sit N Spin-- Sit N Spin is a fun way to coordinate the arms while spinning. It requires concentration on the hands and arms as they are always moving.
10. Toddler Riding toys, tricycles, and bicycles--These ride-on toys require the coordination of several muscles groups to propel a child forward. Additionally, your child is working on balance and cardio vascular health.
What toys have you found helpful in developing gross motor skills?