Gross Motor & Counting with 1,2,3 to the Zoo

I love adding gross motor and other activities together. And this is a great activity for counting, gross motor and fine motor all at the same time.

Gross Motor & Counting with 1,2,3 to the Zoo


This week we have been doing the Gross Motor challenge slightly differently. We have been using books. It changes up what you are doing and makes it fun.

We did 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo the night before with everyone but my youngest wanted to do it again.

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Gross Motor & Counting with 1,2,3 to the Zoo

How We did the 1,2,3 to the Zoo Gross Motor and Counting

First my youngest sat on my lap and we started reading through and counting the animals in the book.

Second we did our gross motor for each animal in the book. You can be creative for this or make it simple. You can also do the animal sounds while doing the movements. You can do the movements as many times as there are in the book. You do 5 bear walks, an alligator snap 6 times, or flap your wings 10 times. You can count up as you do the movements, then repeat and count down.

Gross Motor & Counting with 1,2,3 to the Zoo

After we finished the gross motor we did some simple reading and counting. We used the numbers from the Number Button Sensory Bin.

We counted the numbers buttons from 1 to 10. The buttons are great visual and hands-on ways to work on counting.

Gross Motor & Counting with 1,2,3 to the Zoo

We read the book and she placed the number buttons on each animal while we counted. This is great for fine motor work and counting at the same time.

Gross Motor & Counting with 1,2,3 to the Zoo

Here is a look at the last page all finished.

Gross Motor & Counting with 1,2,3 to the Zoo

We also did the book counting backwards. It is good to count in both directions.

Gross Motor & Counting with 1,2,3 to the Zoo

This was a fun activity that used your whole body for counting.

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Cassie is a mom of three stomping, romping, and roaring girls. She blogs about fun art and craft activities and printables she makes. She includes the odd review of products every now and then. She also blogs about the places that she has taken the girls called trip reviews. She has a few free printable pack for kids ages 2 to 8 and always adding more. She loves to get comments and feedback and always looking for new things to try or do with her girls.
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