Easy To Do Gross Motor Ball Movements

There are loads of activities you can do with balls. They are a fun gross motor tool. I love that you can find them in just about any store. Plus they are a basic toy on play with.

You can use them a lot outside and really enjoy them. But I want to show you something you can do inside during the winter! A few simple activities that kids can do inside.

Plus these are all activities that only need one person to do them.

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The ball gross motor activities are perfect for kids that need movement and you want to change it up. Plus you can try doing these with kids at different ages and levels.

And they take up very little space so you can do them just about anywhere!

Each of the movements can be change up for the age and level they are.

The single person gross motor ball movements are:

  • Passing Ball Between Legs
  • Up and Down Movement
  • Wind Mills One Hand & Two Hand
  • Passing the Ball Around the Body

We used a sensory ball for these activities.

Passing the Ball Around the Body

I love doing the movement where you pass the ball around the body. It is simple and fun.

You start with the ball in one hand and swing the arms around the back. They meet in the back and pass the ball to the other hand. Then bring the hands back to the front to switch the ball again. They repeat this over and over. Then you swing hands to the other hand to bring the ball to the back.

You want to make sure they change the direction the ball goes as well.

You can challenge them to do it fast and slow. You can also change the size of the ball to make it easier or harder.

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Passing Ball Between Legs

This is a fun activity. You pass the ball around the legs in a figure-eight movement. They bring the ball around the outside of the leg to the back. They pass off the ball to the other hands that is in front of the body. That hand then brings the ball around the leg to the back of the body and between the legs. The other hand moves around to the front to get the ball.

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If they are older and up for a challenge then have them try and hold their legs in the air and do the same motion. It is a great challenge and works the core muscles.

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Up and Down Movement

You start with the ball high over their head stretching as tall as they can be. Then they bend straight down and put the ball on their feet. This is a great full-range movement to get the whole body involved.

Easy To Do Gross Motor Ball Movements - 4 fun movements that get kids moving while using a ball - 3Dinosaurs.com

Windmills One Hand & Two Hand

Windmills are one of my favorite gross motor activities. They work on cross-body movement and just adding a little bit of change is great for kids. We do them all the time but adding a ball to the movement changes up the muscles they use. You keep the ball in one hand and do a few repetitions and then switch hands and do the other side.

Easy To Do Gross Motor Ball Movements - 4 fun movements that get kids moving while using a ball - 3Dinosaurs.com

You can also do this with both hands. You have them hold the ball with both hands and reach for one foot at a time. it changes up the movements slightly and using different muscles.

Easy To Do Gross Motor Ball Movements - 4 fun movements that get kids moving while using a ball - 3Dinosaurs.com

The best part of these activities is that you can do them at any time and they take up almost no space at all!

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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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3 Responses to Easy To Do Gross Motor Ball Movements

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  2. Tatiana says:

    Cassie, thank you for the list. I want to try these movements with my preschooler.

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