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5 Gross Motor Toys Recommended by a Physical Therapist

Aug 01st, 2023 | by NAPA Team


August 01st, 2023

Gross motor skills use the large muscles of the body and are a focus in pediatric physical therapy. In this blog, we’ve compiled 5 great gross motor toys for toddlers and children as recommended by our team of pediatric physical therapists. Get ready for some fun!

5 Gross Motor Toys Chosen by Pediatric Physical Therapists

Practicing gross motor skills at home can be lots of fun using the gross motor toys on this list!

1. Teeter Popper

This teeter popper is a great gross motor toy for toddlers and children. Find more toys to help your child's gross motor skills in this blog post!

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Rock, roll, sit or stand. Improve core strength and stability, balance, and coordination, this concave board gross motor toy provides hours of fun as well as sensory input. This toy can be used indoors or outdoors!

2. Tunnel

Tunnels are an excellent indoor or outdoor gross motor toy for toddlers and children of all ages. Find more ideas in this blog post!

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Provide the perfect opportunity for crawling, climbing, and motor planning with a simple tunnel. 

Crawl your way to better bilateral coordination, improved upper extremity and trunk strength, and endless opportunities to use your imagination. Place the tunnel over some pillows to challenge strength and balance even more!

3. Bilibo

Find gross motor toys used in physical therapy in this blog post.

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Is it a bucket? Is it a mountain? Is it a hat? This open-ended toy provides endless opportunities for gross motor toy play. Step from mound to mound, sit inside and spin, scoop sand, or wear as a hat!

4. Joey Jump Stomp

Stomp and catch boards are great gross motor toys for toddlers. Learn more in this blog!

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Build the balance needed for hopping and skipping while stomping and catching. See how high you can catapult the bean bags through the air before catching them, working on eye-hand coordination and catching skills.

5. Velcro Catch Mitts

Find our therapists' favorite gross motor toys in this blog post.

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Play catch and practice throwing, while building hand strength and eye-hand coordination skills.  To increase the challenge, try standing on some pillows or squishy surfaces to challenge balance and postural control!

According to the pediatric therapist experts at NAPA Center, these 5 gross motor toys listed above are some of the best for helping your toddler or child improve gross motor skills. We hope you found them fun and useful!

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