Sports Gross Motor Exercises

Working on gross motor skills, motor planning, or self-regulation? These sports gross motor exercises are perfect for kids that love all things sports! Use the football, baseball, hockey, and other sports activities to add athletic themed brain breaks and whole body movement.

Sports gross motor exercises and motor planning activities for kids

Sports Gross Motor Exercises

These sports gross motor activities are a free therapy slide deck to use in virtual therapy sessions or in face-to-face sessions with an outline of activities.

There are so many ways you can use these sports movement activities to promote development of gross motor skills:

  • Copy the athlete to work on motor planning
  • Go through several slides to encourage sequencing and memory skills
  • Use the sports activities as heavy work in sports themed brain breaks
  • Copy the athletes on each slide to work on bilateral coordination, crossing midline, and segmenting the body.
  • Address posture, position changes, coordination, balance, and endurance
  • Use these sports exercises in a sports themed therapy session and encourage functional tasks like ball catching and throwing
  • Ask students to copy the words and work on handwriting with a sports related brain break between each word
  • How would you use these sports exercises in therapy?

Sports Exercises Slide Deck

This resource is a free Google slide deck that you can download and add to your Google drive. Open the slide deck in your Google classroom or right on your computer/device to encourage gross motor activities.

This is a great addition to other free slides that we’ve shared here on the website, and a fun weekly therapy theme when you’ve got a sports fan on your caseload.

To access this free therapy slide deck, enter your email address into the form below. You’ll receive an email containing a download. Save that PDF so you can use this again and again! Then click the link on the PDF and copy the exercises to your Google drive. Then get ready to lead therapy kiddos through motor planning and gross motor exercises that build skills!

FREE Sports Gross Motor Exercises

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    Colleen Beck, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 2000, working in school-based, hand therapy, outpatient peds, EI, and SNF. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. Read her story about going from an OT making $3/hour (after paying for kids’ childcare) to a full-time OT resource creator for millions of readers. Want to collaborate? Send an email to

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