“Too wet to go out and too cold to play ball; so we sat in the house, we did nothing at all.” You may recognize these words from a famous Dr. Seuss story but the teachers and preschoolers at Care-a-lot in Canandaigua make other plans when the weather is uncooperative! On days that they are unable to utilize the playgrounds, they enjoy indoor gross motor activities.
Building with the large blocks, which encourages gross motor coordination as well as hand-eye coordination, is a most popular learning activity. This type of play encourages the children’s physical development by using arm and torso muscles, as well as leg muscles.
Gross motor activities also support cognitive and social development. Preschoolers are old enough to cooperate with each other in constructing large and elaborate block creations. Their social and cognitive skills are sharpened as they discuss and problem-solve how to balance and construct their block buildings. They come up with some pretty amazing things; in the chilliest part of winter they used their imaginations to build a “waterslide” with the big blocks!