By Stephanie Conley PT, DPT and Maddie Keppel PT, DPT
As the holidays approach, finding a gift for your child is probably high on your list. With a society that is focused on technology, it can be challenging to find a gift that captures your children’s attention and encourages them to move. Technology has a place, but don’t underestimate the power of simple toys and engaging with your child in play!
In general, any age appropriate toy can be used as a gross motor motivator. For example, play a board game with your child kneeling at a low table or buy a large foam die and throw it to the next player when it’s their turn. If your child is allowed screen time, consider sitting or standing on a moving surface, like a dynadisc or balance board, to engage more muscles than their fingers.
To help our parents and caregivers, we’ve put together a list of our top five gift ideas for gross motor development in different age categories. Enjoy!
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Pre-teens and Teenagers
If you have questions, comments, or concerns about your child’s gross motor development, please reach out to us in the comments below!