I have always been a fan of gross motor activities. It was my favorite as a kid and a favorite even now! The Gross motor dice have been a great addition to our house.
It makes it easy to do a quick gross motor activity to get the wiggles out. We have also used these as a way to get movement in on really hot or cold days. Where going outside might not always be a great idea.
A few years ago I wrote a post on another blog about doing bear walking in different directions. It was a favorite activity for my girls.
Today I’m taking three of those movements and put them on a dice for my girls to use.
I like that you can take a simple movement and change it up. By changing directions you work different muscles and make it loads of fun to do!
Bear walking has always been a favorite activity at our house. I’m always using it as a good way to calm down. Now I have a fun dice activity to do with it.
Each dice set has their own fun 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.
The Bear Walk Movements
Bear walks are great for kids that love deep impact movements. They are fun and easy to do in even small areas. A lot of kids know how to bear walk but if they don’t review bear walking before changing it up with the dice.
I always review the movements first before we do anything. I’ll make sure they are walking correctly and then change to the next movement.
Bear Walk Forward is just doing the movement forward.
Bear Walk Backward is going backward with the bear movement.
Bear Walk Sideways is getting in the bear walking post and moving sideways.
After you are sure of the movements you can change up the dice a bit. You can add speed 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 they will do. You can also mix in other of the gross motor dice as well! My girls loving using the cube dice because they can throw them in the air!
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
What you will find in these printables:
- 3 movements: forward, backward, sideways
- Dice for different speeds: slow, fast, normal
- Two types: cube dice or make your own die
Check out these other gross motor activities:
- Wiggle and Shake Gross Motor Dice
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear Gross Motor Ideas
- Baby Bear, Baby Bear Gross Motor
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