Planning Preschool Physical Development Through Play
Planning activities for preschoolers that develop those essential fine and gross motor skills is an important part of lesson planning. Young learners need activities that are interesting to them, safe, and challenging while still within their physical limits. We can help get your planning started with some ideas, tips & tricks and even a freebie!
Before you start planning your physical development activities
Early learning standards are an essential part of planning lessons. Early Learning Standards serve as guidelines that outline the developmental milestones we can expect young children to achieve. These standards cover domains such as cognitive, social-emotional, physical, and language development. By aligning activities with these standards, we ensure that our little learners are not only having fun but also building a strong foundation for future academic success.
The team here at Pre-K Printable Fun uses early learning standards as a guide to design our products, as well as plan suggested activities on our site. Download our free Pre-K Printable Fun Early Learning Standards here.
Let's Start Planning Your Physical Development Activities
For the purpose of this post we are featuring Physical Development activities for a "Fruit and Vegetable Gardening Theme". To get started with planning you will need something to record your planning notes (paper/pen, tablet etc.), standards you are working with, and a general idea of the materials you have to work with. Teacher Tip: If you have a lot of materials consider creating a Digital Inventory List for easy reference.
Activities to Build Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor development is important for children to master self-help skills and learn to color, write, and properly use scissors. Fine motor is also linked to cognitive development. For fine motor development offer a variety of activities that children can engage in independently during self-directed play as well as intentionally planned activities.
When planning fine motor activities consider where your students are at developmentally. Begin by planning for the developmental level of the overall group and then make modifications as needed for those that still need more support as well as those that have developed mastery of the skill. Here are some ideas for activities as well as way to differentiate.
Preschool Toys and Materials for building Fine Motor Skills
Offering more support:
Play Dough Activities
String green beads to create a pea necklace - Fostering hand-eye coordination and fine motor control
Grape Cluster Stamping Craft
Use recycled materials to create your own grape cluster.
Picnic Blanket Weaving Craft
Weave pieces of paper to create your own picnic blanket.
Scissor and Tweezer Activities
Carrot Cutting Craft: Provide craft supplies to cut and create carrot shapes - Enhancing fine motor skills and creativity
Planning Gross Motor Activities
Now it's time to plan gross motor activity ideas!
Gross motor play is essential for development. Development occurs from large to small, so children need to workout those arm muscles in order to properly develop and fine tune those fine motor skills. Gross motor play is also essential for good health, spatial awareness, developing balance and body control as well as releasing energy (do they ever run out of that??)
Berry Basket Relay
Incorporate a relay race where children carry plastic strawberries to a fruit basket- Emphasize running, balance, and teamwork.
Apple Rolling Race
Roll apples across the floor using hands or feet - Promoting coordination and gross motor skills
Fruit and Veggie Toss
Toss pretend fruit into baskets or hula hoops - Enhancing hand-eye coordination and accuracy
Balance toy bananas on different body parts during a movement game . These types of games improve balance and coordination
Fruit and Veggie Obstacle Course
Create an obstacle course with fruit and vegetable-themed stations - Enhancing gross motor skills, coordination, and creativity
Fruit and Veggie hopscotch
Draw a hopscotch board with fruit and vegetable shapes - Combining physical activity with shape recognition
Outdoor Self Directed Play
Picnic Parade. Organize a pretend picnic parade with fruit and vegetable props . This type of activity also encourages imaginative play and storytelling
Add ideas to your lesson plan
We hope you learned more about how to plan for gross motor activities! Choose your favorite activities and add them to your plans. We gathered these ideas from our Free Growing Fruits and Vegetables Theme Planning page, hop on over to get even more ideas to finish your lesson plan!
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