Adapted from TeacherQuickSource, this activity is a great one for helping young children work on gross motor skills and to get them up and moving. This activity can be done indoors or outside, and is great for any size group. “Animals” can be big, small, real and imaginary. They can go on a parade, have a dance or take a wild romp through “the wilderness.” The creative possibilities with this activity are as large as the animal kingdom itself!
Goal: To introduce or enhance balance and control during locomotor activities.
Materials needed: Pictures, drawings or video of animals
Let’s Get Started:
1. Show the children one of the animal pictures.
2. Discuss the sounds and movements of that animal.
3. Have the children move around the space pretending to be that animal.
4. Repeat the activity with a different animal.