Gross Motor: Alternating Feet on Stairs

Looking for a way to work on alternating on the stairs. This is a fun way to do it and get them engaged in what they are doing. Plus you get a little gross motor while doing it.

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What you need: Stairs, different colored socks and toys or items that match the color of the socks.

We used dinosaur and pink socks.

Alternating On Stairs

The stairs where made into a pattern of dinosaur item then pink item all the way up the stairs.

Alternating On Stairs

The girls go up and down the stairs matching their socks to the pattern on the stairs.

Alternating On Stairs

Then they switch socks on their feet. The reason for changing is that it will not let them get to used to just using the same foot in a pattern. The switch can be hard after you have done the other for a while.

Alternating On Stairs

Then up and down they go again.

Alternating On Stairs

This is a good way to make a gross motor task more fun. As an alternative, I have taped pompoms to the tops of their feet and then matched pompoms. They girls love to gather colored items to match their socks.

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About Cassie

Cassie is a mom of three stomping, romping, and roaring girls. She blogs about fun art and craft activities and printables she makes. She includes the odd review of products every now and then. She also blogs about the places that she has taken the girls called trip reviews. She has a few free printable pack for kids ages 2 to 8 and always adding more. She loves to get comments and feedback and always looking for new things to try or do with her girls.
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5 Responses to Gross Motor: Alternating Feet on Stairs

  1. WOW! As a pediatric physical therapist I love finding any new ideas to help children learn how to climb the stairs. This idea is AWESOME! Just pinned, tweeted and Facebook”ed” it all over the place. Thanks for your creativity.

  2. The Monko says:

    This is a great extension to the patterns with socks and yey my son could do this even without a sibling. Thanks for linking to Kids Co-op

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