My kids have so much energy! We came up with this gross motor activity to wear them out a bit. Plus, it involves reading and listening!
I’m pleased to be sharing this post as part of the A to Z Gross Motor Series. My mission was to come up with an activity for the letter “u”. So, here is U is for Under the Stars.
Under the Stars Reading Game
Materials Needed: 10 paper stars, streamers or string, tape and marker
1. On each star write a gross motor activity. These are the ones that we used.
Pretend you are a penguin and waddle down the hall.
Jump five times.
Wiggle on your stomach like a worm down the hall.
Do a somersault.
Keep a balloon in the air for one minute.
Fly down the hall.
Spin in a circle and count to 15.
Hop like a frog six times.
Touch your toes eight times.
Hop down the hall on one foot.
2. Hang each star from a streamer or piece of string from a doorway. You want the stars to be just out of reach so the kids have to jump to reach them.
Ready to Play
Have the kids take turns jumping up to capture a star. Kids who are old enough to read independently can read the mission on the star. I read the stars for my kids.
Everyone in the family or just the kids then completes the task. Play continues until all the stars have been caught and performed.
Under the Stars is a fun way to practice gross motor skills and reading skills!
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The A to Z Gross Motor Series has been going on all month and there have been lots of neat ideas shared. You can check them all out Still Playing School’s Active Fun Indoor Gross Motor Games page.
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Great game. Thanks for the inspiration.
Oh how brilliantly fun! Great idea, Jodie!