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Walk the Line!

Age Range
3-7 yrs
Setup Time
5 minutes!
Setup Location
Indoor / Outdoor

Gross motor skills include big movements involving the muscles of the arms, legs, torso and feet. Balancing games encourage the development of gross motor skills through practice.

Kids are experts at falling down. Whether playing their favorite sport or just walking across the room, kids regularly reacquaint themselves with the wonders of gravity. However, with the right training, even the goofiest kids can improve their balance and coordination, which can help them in sports and daily activities!

This activity helps children learn to balance and develop their ability to focus and pay attention to directions.


  1. Tape some fun lines on the floor in three different colors (using colored tape or chalk)

  2. Make patterns: a blue zig-zag line, a red curvy line and one straight line in green.

  3. Let your child navigate the lines.

  4. To increase complexity for older children, introduce traffic lights for them to follow directions and appropriate commands for 'STOP', 'SLOW' and 'GO'

Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.