motor skills tips and toys for parents with toddlers

Gross Motor Skills Activities Toddlers-Special Needs Toddler Activities And Toys

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Gross Motor Skills


Children with special needs are known to develop slower than other children with their gross and fine motor skills, parents can encourage their children by simply getting them to play. Playing is crucial for the development of children’s motor skills, play improves their coordination, hands, and their fingers. By being creative and encouraging your child with new activities you are doing a positive thing for your child’s development, children with special needs often needs parents to participate or play with them to get them started.


Play Activities For Toddlers


  • Running
  • Jumping
  • Hopping
  • Throwing
  • Catching
  • Climbing
  • Tricycles
  • Ride On Toys


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  • Jumping Rope
  • Hopscotch
  • Tossing & Catching
  • Peddling Riding Toys
  • Pulling Wagons & Toys
  • Playing In The Sandbox


Fine Motor Skills


Your child’s fine motor skills develops their hands, feet, fingers, and toes, many children with special needs experience problems with their fine motor skills so these also should be practiced for them to develop them as well.


  • Turning The Pages Of A Book
  • Speaking
  • Singing
  • Play Dough
  • Therapy Dough
  • Puzzles
  • Board Books
  • Coloring
  • Painting


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Indoor Activities


  • Dancing
  • Dress Up
  • Yoga For Kids
  • Simon Says
  • Stacking
  • Sorting
  • Stringing
  • Lacing
  • Bath Time Play Time
  • Cutting
  • Board Games


Special Needs Toys


There are many special needs toys on the market which provides a variety of motor skills developing for children, your child can benefit from these toys in many different ways.


  • Visual Motor Skills
  • Grasping Skills
  • Autism & ADHD Friendly
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Sensory Exploration
  • Repetitive Sequences


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  • Non-Connecting Puzzles
  • Connecting & Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Sliding Puzzles
  • Non-Connecting Puzzles With Knobs


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Fidget Toys


  • Play Dough
  • Koosh Balls
  •  Stress Balls
  • Clappers
  • Clackers
  • Sensory Cushions


What Is On My Mind Today?


Being creative and taking the time to spend with your child doing a variety of fun activities is the best way to develop your special needs child’s motor skills, many of these children need a little encouragement to get started. There are a variety of toys on the market you can choose from which will help your child with their motor skills developing, every child is different so it might take some trial and error to find which products appeals the most to your child.


Resources & Help




  • Gabby says:

    Great ideas on what to do with your child, especially now when on summer break, when we have a lot more time on our hand with our children. It is good to get a reminder I sometimes forget all the wonderful and creative ways I can do with my daughter. I love wooden puzzles, not only it is great for developing fine motor skills, but it is safer than plastic toys. I would also be careful when buying playdoh since it is so easy and cheap to make your own. Thanks for your post:)

    • admin says:

      Thank You Gabby,

      I am happy you are going to have some time this summer to spend with your daughter, puzzles are very good for parents and children to tackle together.


  • Suzanne says:

    This is so informative that I had to share it on facebook.

    • Jeff says:

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  • B says:

    Thank you for sharing all these great tips I was looking for play activities for toddlers for the upcoming summer vacation.

    It’s amazing how you look for a certain article and the internet ocean just take you to a better site you didn’t know exist 🙂

    Thanks again for the useful info.
    Have a beautiful summer vacation

    • admin says:

      Thank You B,

      I appreciate your kind words about my website, my website is all about helping my readers and their children. The internet can be the answers to many of our problems, sometimes we might be better off to research our own natural treatments before consulting our physician’s for prescription medications.

      Wish You An Awesome Summer


  • Rob says:

    I find this information very important as all children of any age can have special needs but we need to help them by not letting them feel left out. I believe all kids have the right to be treated the same and this article helps with making the right choices to help them. I’ll be back for sure.

    • admin says:

      Thank You Rob

      Many parents do not realize even though their child has not been diagnosed with special needs their child still may experience some learning disabilities, often a child has a disability in learning in only one or two studies so schools label them as being lazy students


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