Doing animal gross motor has been a staple at our house for years! We have always pulled out the gross motor printable list and use the list of animals from there.
I’m always looking for new ways to do our animal walking. Today is fun animal walking dice for kids to use.
Plus this is always a favorite for my girls to pull out of the The Superkids Activity Guide to Conquering Every Day. This is a great book put together by Lemon Lime Adventures to help kids do what they need to help them with their own superpowers. We have just loved the book. And animal walking happens to be one of the activities my girls pick from the book.
This post is part of the 5 Days of Zoo Printables.
There are so many great animals walks that you can do. It was hard to just pick a few of our favorites to do. But that is what we did this time. I had my girls pick out 12 of their favorite movements and have fun with it.
Each dice set has their own fun animal gross motor activities, but with the cube dice you can mix them up! The cube dice have the movement on them and the folding dice just have the name.
I have found that the cube dice tend to last longer and my girls just love throwing the dice around. All to often my girls like to throw the dice at the ceiling or not put them out of the way and step on them a few times.
I printed the cards on stardust cardstock to make them a little fancy. It is fun to have something that is not just white every now and then.
The Animal Walking Movements
There are 12 different movements that are on the dice. They can be used as the folding dice on the photo dice. We always use the photo dice so we can switch out the movements.
Bear: Walk like a bear.
Frog: Jump like a frog.
Crab: Walk like a crab.
Duck: Waddle like a duck.
Owl: Fly like an owl.
Turtle: Crawl like a turtle.
Snake: Slither like a snake.
Pig: Roll in the mud like a pig.
Kangaroo: Hop like a kangaroo.
Fish: Swim like a fish.
Horse: Gallop like a horse.
Monkey Climb like a monkey.
After you are sure of the movements you can change up the dice a bit. You can add speed & directions and how many times they do the movement. You can get the number dice here.
If you don’t want to mess with the dice, you can always just print them and use them as a set of cards. Mix them up and have them turn over the gross motor animal movement they will do. You can also mix in other of the gross motor dice sets as well! My girls loving using the cube dice because they can throw them in the air and mix them up as much as they want.
If you are looking for other ways kids to get their wiggles out or looking for ways to calm down kids check out The Superkids Activity Guide to Conquering Every Day: Awesome Games and Crafts to Master Your Moods, Boost Focus, Hack Mealtimes and Help Grownups Understand Why You Do the Things You Do.
My favorite part about this book is that it is made for kids to read and figure out what they need. It is a great way for them to realize what types of activities they need.
What you will find in these printables:
- 12 animal movements
- 3 movements: forward, backward, sideway to the right, sideways to the left, slow, fast
- Two types: cube dice or make your own die
Check out all 5 Days of the Zoo Printables.
Cassie – 3Dinosaurs.com