No Prep Gross Motor Indoor Apple Picking Activity

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Finding an active indoor activity can be challenging as the days get shorter and the temperature drops. This simple gross motor activity from Lisa will keep your little ones engaged and busy!

I love using seasons and themes as a basis for learning in our home. September is one of my favorite months for all the different possibilities it has to offer.

This month our focus is all about apples in our home.  I came up with a fun gross motor activity by using painters’ tape from our garage and apples from the fridge.

An indoor apple picking activity that's great for gross motor skills

This activity is perfect for inside and has a quick and easy setup, which is always a win in my books!

To being with, I taped off a tree trunk using the painters’ tape in a spacious area of our house that would allow for a variety of movement.

Make a painters' tape apple tree for a fun gross motor activity with lots of movement!

I extended the tree by taping off branches in a variety of directions.  On each end of the branches, I placed apples for my son to pick.

Apple tree picking activity that's great for gross motor skills

Before we started, I explained to him that he could use his basket to pick all the apples off the branches. To do this, we would need to come up with some fun movements and actions to pick the apples.

I love giving children the independence in their learning and play. He was pretty excited to offer suggestions too!

He first decided that he wanted to jump on two feet to pick his apples.

Work on gross motor skills when you go apple picking indoors!

When he reached his basket, I asked him to balance on each branch while he picked an apple and put it in his basket.

Work on gross motor skills when you go apple picking indoors!

He loved the challenge of making sure he didn’t fall off the branches!

After he had picked all his apples, he then decided that he would like to try jumping on just one foot to his basket.

Work on gross motor skills when you go apple picking indoors!

Of all the different actions we tried, this was his most challenging.

We also tried movements such as walking backward to the branches and straddling the tape line on the trunk.

Work on gross motor skills when you go apple picking indoors!

We tried walking sideways crisscrossing one foot over the other.

Another fun move was jumping back and forth from each branch, making sure that we stayed on the line of tape.

This movement was his favorite!

Work on gross motor skills when you go apple picking indoors!

During the activity, I also took the opportunity to incorporate a few other learning activities.

These activities reinforced skills he has developed or is currently working on developing. For example, I had him count the number of apples out loud while he was picking.

I also utilized our fine motor skills and had him place the apples back on the tip of the branches when he finished. This was an enjoyable fine motor activity for him!

Work on gross motor skills when you go apple picking indoors!

If you do not have apples on hand,  you could use leaves that you collect on a nature walk. A great way to extend the fun and learning from another activity!

What is your favorite gross motor activity to do in the fall with your little ones? Share your best ideas in the comments!

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