In March, it’s tournament time. If you live in the same type of home that I do, there is no doubt you are aware of this. Our television is flipping from one tournament game to another and even high school basketball tournaments. Every once in a while I’ll even get in on a bracket. The good news is that basketball is easy to apply to gross motor games and can easily be incorporated into gross motor planning this time of the year. Check out some of these great Basketball Themed Gross Motor Ideas.
Basketball Themed Gross Motor Ideas
Check out this dribbling challenge game! Also great ideas for kinesthetic learning!
Need something fast and no equipment? Check out these basketball brain break ideas and move your body like a basketball player!
A basketball theme is the perfect time to incorporate eye-hand coordination activities. If you have access to a basketball hoop use it, otherwise setting up hoops with pool noodle or hula hoops is a great option. Toss a bean bag or ball through the hoop.
Basketball is also the perfect opportunity to work on agility drills. Use tape, an agility ladder, or chalk if your outdoors to make an agility course. Here are some ideas to get you started.
This idea is great for core strength. Place a basketball between your feet and move your legs. Check out how this is done using a stuffed animal – you’ll get the idea.
Basketball Relays – These can be done with one person going against their own time or several kids racing against each other. Ideas for relays include dribbling, running with the ball, running backward with the ball, side shuffles, dribbling backward, jumping while holding the ball, and jumping backward while holding the ball.
Traditional Basketball Games – Play some of the traditional games such as P-I-G or H-O-R-S-E. You could even try a free throw shooting contest (or something much closer).
TIP: Do you have old trophies, ribbons, or medals laying around your home? If so this may be a good time to make them useful again and give them out as awards for working hard on basketball gross motor skills. This was one of the things that I’ve done with my old awards and the kids LOVE it!
Get Started On Basketball Gross Motor Activities Now
At Pink Oatmeal we know you are busy so we’ve put together basketball brain break cards to get you started with your basketball gross motor planning. These are fast, fun and efficient ways to move with basketball theme!