Gross motor skills develop from using large muscles—like those in the arms, legs and torso—over and over. Activities that build those gross motor skills rely on balance, coordination and muscle control. And that’s not just important for sports and other things usually associated with big movements. Since the muscle groups all work together, building gross motor skills also develops unexpected things—like academic readiness and self-esteem. Indoor play equipment can help your child climb, crawl and slide their way to confidence.

This structure’s squishy components are certified as safer for children and the environment. ECR4Kids

Open-ended play equipment is ideal because it encourages children to lift and drag the soft foam pieces into configurations that match their creative play. Want to build an awesome fort? An obstacle course? Just want your kids to climb without having to worry about sharp edges? Done, done and done.

This eco-friendly play structure is weather- and fade-resistant. ECR4Kids

A play structure is an investment, so look for durable equipment that resists rough and tumble play and stands up to the elements (even if you plan to use it inside). For max safety, look for rounded edges and plastic certified for minimal off-gassing.

This option includes extras like Jeep-style doors, steering wheel and dashboard to spark creativity. Simplay3

A multifunctional play structure with lots of options—climbing, sliding, crawling—has something for every kid and every kind of play. Features like pretend-driving accessories and an easy-fort style (just throw a blanket over that sucker, amirite?) inspire creative play.