Several months ago, I created a Trolls inspired movement game that has continued to be a big hit in my house. With the success of this game in mind, I decided to create another gross motor break game, and the Roll- an- Animal Walk game cube was born!
Animal walks are a great activity for kids, as the movements have many benefits. Weight bearing on extended limps provides for strengthening and proprioceptive input. For more about the benefits and importance of upper extremity weight bearing, check out this other post.
You can create an animal walk cube with this free printable: Roll-an-Animal Walk Cube Game Template
(I recommend using thick paper or laminating the template prior to cutting and taping it together so that it’s a little more durable).
If you’d prefer to use dice, you can try this one instead: Roll-An-Animal Walk Dice Game PDF
Here’s how to do the walks:
Crab Walk– Place hands behind the body, lift bottom completely off the floor to move forward or backward.
Bear Walk– Walk on hands and feet.
Tiger Walk– Crawl on hands and knees (sneakily, like a Tiger).
Donkey Kick– place hands down on the floor and kick legs up behind like a donkey.
Lizard Walk– crawl pulling with the hands, also known as an army crawl.
Frog Jump– squat with hands in front, using the hands and feet to push off while jumping forward.
The great thing about this activity, is that it’s quick, easy and can be done anywhere. In addition to strengthening muscles, movement breaks such as these provide some sensory input to encourage attention and optimum arousal for learning. Please feel free to share with parents, teachers, and therapists who might love incorporating this fun activity into their daily regimens!
*Disclaimer: The information presented in the blog is intended for information purposes only. Please consult your physician with any medical concerns and/or for medical advice. The information presented is not intended to be used in place of individualized therapy services, please contact your health care team for skilled therapy if you think it is necessary. Please supervise your children (or friends, spouses, etc) if you decide to try any of the activities or ideas presented as the author or this blog does not claim liability for possible injury or negative consequences related to the activities and ideas presented here.