Chances are your child is crawling and cruising at this point! It may even be difficult to take a picture of them sitting anymore because they want to be on the go! While this is an amazing milestone – it could also be exhausting for parents chasing around their little ones. One thing we always recommend to parents is to create an obstacle course to make it fun for all and improve gross motor skills. Here are some ideas below:
Pillows – line them up in a row and have them practice crawling, standing, and cruise on the bumpy, uneven ground; for cruising you can put it near a couch so they can hold on Tunnel – put it out in the living room and allow your children to crawl through; stand on the other side and work on direction “come here”, prepositions “in”/”out”, etc.
Bouncy balls – work on stability and their core by having them sit on a ball… you can bounce up and down, sway side to side, and slide front and back.
Ball pit – sit your child in the middle of a mini self-made ball pit and have them maneuver within the ball pit; talk about colors, action words such as “throw”/”catch”, and preposition “under”.
Once they are older and can walk, try adding things such as a trampoline, oversized building blocks, and other items to their obstacle courses to expose them to more difficult movements! Have fun!