Gross Motor Toys To Help You Keep Your Sanity When Winter Sets In

Gross Motor Toys To Help You Keep Your Sanity When Winter Sets In

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When the cold sets in, having a toy that allows for gross motor, get your wiggles out with kids is a must! While we try to use what we have and utilize pillows, masking tape and the outdoors for energy release, investing in one gross motor toy will make a huge difference in your day-to-day. Most of these are just as fun in any weather but, here in New England, we tend to need something in the long, cold winter.  My little ones tend to make a huge mess and get cranky when they can’t get their energy out freely so these have been lifesavers for us!

Here are a few of our favorites that I HIGHLY recommend!


The Lil Monkey Dome Climber is a super climber for most kids 3-8. This is a great option for hanging, climbing and crawling through shapes for full body movements.  This tool works well indoors and out and is easy to move when the weather turns!



The Gonge Riverstones are our top favorite gross motor toys! We use these inside and out for color recognition, obstacle courses, balance work and an unlimited amount of fun for people from baby to adult!




The Kinderfeets Wooden Board is loads of fun and a perfect activity for both gross motor work and creative play. Our kids use them as boats, surfboards, tunnels for cars and bridges. So much fun and easy to store!


The This Jupiduu Indoor Wooden Slide  is perfect for getting those wiggles out and practice hand-eye coordination as well as gross motor play. We have a discontinued IKEA wooden slide that we got second-hand.  We would have bought this one if we hadn’t found one in such a great shape.

This Play Tunnel is perfect for getting kids tired! It takes a lot of energy to crawl along the floor through the tunnel and seems to be one of the most exhausting gross motor activities for my kids. This is easy to pop up and down for storage and can easily be used indoors or out come springtime!


This Children’s Factory Soft Tunnel Climber was given to us as a gift when our oldest was 1. Our kids enjoyed this as soon as they could sit and stand up all the way…and still do!  This is bulky but if you have the space to store it, it is very easy to take apart and reassemble. This is amazing for creative play, getting sillies out and gross motor practice. Highly recommended!

What are your favorite toys for long days stuck in the house? Have you tried any of these? Let me know if you have any favorites or questions in the comments below!

-xo, Jenn

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5 thoughts on “Gross Motor Toys To Help You Keep Your Sanity When Winter Sets In”

  • This is a super topic, with the cold weather upon us now. I’m glad that you included some items like the riverstones that are fairly compact and easy to store. When space is cramped indoors, these toys can make a huge difference to Mom’s sanity because they can be put away when play is done 🙂

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