Rocker Boards have become extremely popular in Waldorf early childhood classrooms not only for their developmental benefits, but especially for their great open-ended play value. They can be played with in such a wide variety of ways. They were created to help children develop their sense of balance, and are also excellent for stimulating the vestibular system and a child's sense of proprioception (awareness of his or her physical body and its parts).

Rocker Boards have become extremely popular in Waldorf early childhood classrooms not only for their developmental benefits, but especially for their great open-ended play value. They can be played with in such a wide variety of ways. They were created to help children develop their sense of balance, and are also excellent for stimulating the vestibular system and a child's sense of proprioception (awareness of his or her physical body and its parts).

The Inpired Treehouse - Crashing, pounding, jumping, and stomping, and rough play are all great ways of providing input to the proprioceptive system. Some kids need more proprioceptive input to help regulate their bodies and minds. Here are some great ways to get it through PLAY!

WHY KIDS NEED ROUGH PLAY + 20 AWESOME ACTIVITIES

The Inpired Treehouse - Crashing, pounding, jumping, and stomping, and rough play are all great ways of providing input to the proprioceptive system. Some kids need more proprioceptive input to help regulate their bodies and minds. Here are some great ways to get it through PLAY!

Great ideas for a motor room from a pediatric physical therapist, playroom or in the classroom. Great gifts for toddlers or preschool aged children that are actually useful and promote movement! -Pink Oatmeal

Motor Room Ideas

Great ideas for a motor room from a pediatric physical therapist, playroom or in the classroom. Great gifts for toddlers or preschool aged children that are actually useful and promote movement! -Pink Oatmeal

Montessori Monday - Montessori-Inspired Physical Fitness for Preschoolers

Montessori Monday - Montessori-Inspired Physical Fitness for Preschoolers

Even though Montessori education encourages movement in learning activities, it helps to have a systematic program for large-motor coordination.

Every weekend I try to make a plan of activities for the coming week to start on Monday. I start with the gauging what my child is interested in (using the “My Child This Week” sheet of the free weekly planner).Grab some free planners and activities here: http://handsonaswegrow.com/week-gross-motor-activities/

A Sample Weekly Plan of Gross Motor Activities

Every weekend I try to make a plan of activities for the coming week to start on Monday. I start with the gauging what my child is interested in (using the “My Child This Week” sheet of the free weekly planner).Grab some free planners and activities here: http://handsonaswegrow.com/week-gross-motor-activities/

Toddler Approved!: Ready for Kindergarten Book Study: Ball Handling Activities for Kids

Ready for Kindergarten Book Study: Ball Handling Activities for Kids

core strengthening exercises for kids

Core Strengthening Exercises for Kids

This collection of gross motor activities are perfect for indoors. You will want this list handy when your toddlers and preschoolers have lots of energy and you need to keep their bodies busy! Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

Gross Motor Activities for Indoors

This collection of gross motor activities are perfect for indoors. You will want this list handy when your toddlers and preschoolers have lots of energy and you need to keep their bodies busy! Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

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