I'm so glad to see this thread!
You all have such excellent suggestions. I have been thinking about getting a mini-trampoline for inside and the Wii, but mostly for my older child who is very resistant to any sort of gross motor stuff. I bet she would love a tether ball!
8 yo DD walked almost a full month later than DS - at 8 months and two weeks - right after she got her glasses. I sort of thought I had a cautious baby on my hands. Man was I wrong. Since then there has been no slowing her down.
When she was 2.5, my MIL gave DS (3 years older) and bike for Christmas. Besides the bike being too small for DS, DS has some issues and after wobbling around a few times refused to go near it. DD hopped right up on it and rode down the driveway. A week later, she saw some "big kids" without training wheels and insited we take them off. That, as they say, was that. She took off like a mad woman. She is on her 3rd or 4th bike now
. I really dislike sports, but she begged and begged to sign up for soccer last year. She excells at it! Honestly I am shocked. Like another poster mentioned, she gets so bent out of shape at the other kids who don't give it their all. I can usually find her at dinner time up in a tree or playing hockey with a pinecone (dogs chewed the pucks). People comment all the time on her muscle tone and athletic ability. I suspect it might have skipped a generation, because she sure as heck did not get it from me!