One part I like about the Virtual Book Club is that I’m challenged to come up with something new each month for a book that we know or love. We really had fun with this one. We are on an ocean themed time at our house! This will be the first of many ocean activities to come this month.
We do these gross motor and book activities. I’m always changing things up. They enjoy doing the activities. The first time through we just practice the motions that we will be doing. The next time we do the motions while reading the book. The third time we call out our favorite movement to do! This gives you loads of practice doing the movements and getting kids having fun!
Plus I join in on the fun. It gets me moving with my girls. Plus makes for a great workout after you read the book a few times. Plus kids remember the activities and want to do them other times you read as well.
You can see the movements and descriptions below. It was so much fun to do this!
Rainbow Fish/ Any Fish
We did some various swimming Activities on the floor. We pretended to swim and move our arms and kick our legs.
I asked about the scale and what my youngest thought it would be like. She said it would sparkle in the light. I asked her what movement would be like a sparkle. She told me jumping with arms and legs spread out is what it would look like. So that is the movement we did.
With the starfish, we laid on the floor and open and closed our arms and legs. We did slow, fast and normal speed for the movements. This gave us some variety.
The octopus was the favorite movement for this book. She loved doing it. We laid on our backs and wiggled our arms and legs in the air. This was tons of fun to do.
After we had read the book my youngest wanted to be seaweed as well. We added a movement for it. We made sure to keep our feet still and waved our arms over our heads side to side. This was silly and fun to do.
You can check out all our Ocean & Beach Activities here.
These are really fun and kids love to get moving. We love doing gross motor with books!
Check out these other gross motor and book activities:
- Cat in the Hat Themed: Gross Motor Activity
- Where the Wild Things Are Gross Motor
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear Gross Motor Ideas
- Goodnight Moon Gross Motor
Check out all The Rainbow Fish activities:
- Rainbow Fish Sugar Cookies by Rainy Day Mum
- Pre-Writing Activity: Rainbow Fish Note Cards by Growing Book by Book
- Rainbow Fish Scratch Art Name Activity by Sugar, Spice & Glitter
- Preschool Rainbow Fish Color Mixing Experiment by Preschool Powol Packets
- Rainbow Fish Alphabet Matching Craft by I Can Teach My Child
- Easy and Colorful Name Puzzle for Preschoolers by Toddler Approved
Be sure to check out more of the Virtual Book Club Books for 2015-2016. See all the books that we have completed already and the activities that we did with them.
Cassie – 3Dinosaurs.com