I am looking for some gross motor activities for children aged four to nine years. These activities will be used in a gymnasium. Can you help?
General movement skills are great exercises to teach children in these age groups. If poor motor programs are developed within this stage of neuromuscular development, there is a higher risk of injury due to the compensatory nature of these movements. So the quality of movement is the most important aspect to teach. Sometimes there is a tendency with young children to incorporate "sport specific" training. But you have to ask yourself, “Will this child only participate in one sport/activity in his or her life?” The answer is probably not!
By providing a variety of movements through all planes of motion (forward, side and turning) and focusing on flexibility, balance and the strength of the core, you will be simultaneously improving athletic performance, reducing injuries and providing the children with a positive association with exercise and fitness.