You have your preschool classroom all set up with all the learning centers: reading, fine motor, arts, science or discovery and dramatic play. You are not through yet. You still need to have a gross motor learning center. Huntington Learning Center of Abington
This is where children go to use their large muscles. It is easy to put up climbing equipment and tricycles outside but you can also have a gross motor learning center inside the classroom.
Start by putting it away from everything else as much as possible. Definitely put it on the other side of the room from the quiet, reading area. It is a good idea to let this area have its’ own area rug to define the space. Make it as large as possible.
Once you have defined the space with a rug, you are ready to fill it. What can you put in this area that will be safe indoors? I worked in a preschool that had a climbing structure with a slide. Under the structure was a space to crawl around in and hide.
Once the children climbed to the top of the structure, they could pretend to be on top of the mountain or fort. And then they were ready to go down the slide. I would highly recommend this type of structure for your preschool or daycare.
Another item that we had was a set of four trikes that went around in a circle. This piece of equipment was used every day. It took up a lot of space though.
In your gross motor area, you will be able to run races, have a tug of war, throw soft balls, play games like Red Light, Green Light, Simon Says, Musical Chairs and Mother May I? Set up an obstacle course for your children to go through. Let them play with big cardboard boxes.