Gross Motor Skills is a fancy term thrown around preschool circles. But really it is using your body in a coordinating manner. Jumping and Hoping and Landing in a certain spot helps.
This is an easy one to make and took no time at all.
I purchased 10 12 x12 square paving stones at a Hardware Store and then I used leftover spray paint I wanted to get rid of. If I had bought paint I would have thrown yellow in there instead of black.
I spray painted the squares and let them dry.
I printed off the numbers 1-10 each on there own piece of paper. Then I took a paint pen and put the number paper on the square. I lifted up the edge and put a dot on the edges for proportions and then free handed a "connect the dots if you will" the rest. The numbers are very similar not exact but close enough for this project. After I did the outline with the paint pen I filled in the numbers with white paint using a small paint brush I had laying around.
After the numbers had dried I sprayed them again with a spray paint sealer to make them weather proof. They sat out in a thunderstorm and the water beaded up on top so I guess the sealer works!
We put them in the mulch at the preschool (Bethany Learning Center) and the kids have had a great time jumping already.
They have done the traditional hopscotch. The jump from number to number in order (which makes them jump sideways/a new gross motor skill). And they have done frog jumps on the numbers. I'm sure many more animals jumps/leaps/and hops will occur in the future.
|A rare frog jump in action!|
The great thing about putting them in the mulch is that they can be rearranged to make a circle or another shape in the future.
12x12 Square Stepping Stones
Spray Paint in Different colors
Paint Pen White
1-10 printed each on a piece of paper
Sealer (I used Valspar Seals and Protects Spray)