Spin, Roll & Count Gross Motor Skill Game

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This simple gross motor skills game is easy to make and fun for the whole family.Spin, Roll & Count Gross Motor Skill Game - paper plate spinner game for toddlers and preschoolers

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The past few months have been stressful ones for our family. We have sold a home, remodeled our new home and are still living in a construction zone. With all of these changes and with how busy we have been, we have not made the best food choices and have let our physical fitness kind of slide. My husband and I have packed on the pounds and decided that we needed to get back into shape. We began a new workout regime and just started a squat challenge. Our daughter jumped right in and wanted to join us in getting a little exercise.


Cleverly, inspired by our exercise, our daughter picked up a die and rolled it and told me that she was going to do arm rolls. She rolled a 5 and did 5 arm rolls. She told me to roll and I rolled a 4 and she told me to do 4 jumping jacks. This sparked a new game and a fun idea.

I took my daughter’s idea and added another element to it.

What you will need:

A paper plate

Split pins


Construction paper

Hole punch



Die or dice

Directions: Cut an arrow out of a rigid piece of cardboard. Use a hole punch to poke a hole at the end of the cardboard arrow. Push a split pin through the hole & the center of the paper plate. Secure it loosely so that the arrow spins freely.


Cut 8 squares out of construction paper and use a Sharpie to write down fun exercises.


Glue them to the edge of the paper plate.


To play:

Spin your wheel. See what it lands on.



Roll your die or dice.


Do your activity the amount of times as the number that was rolled. Our daughter hopped like a frog 6 times this roll.

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We all took turns and played together as a family. We did jumping jacks, frog hops and toe touches.


Our daughter could not get enough. She got a kick out of watching us frog hop and dance like ballerinas. We had fun and promised her that we could play again tomorrow.

Spin, Roll & Count Gross Motor Skill Game - paper plate spinner game for toddlers and preschoolers

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