February is here! It’s a fun month for gross motor planning with a variety of different ideas to make movement fun all February long. With events such as the Super Bowl, Winter Olympics, and Valentine’s Day, February gross motor can be a breeze. I’m excited to share with you different February gross motor planning ideas to get you started on the right foot with all your planning needs.
February Gross Motor Planning Ideas
February gross motor planning is broken down into four different weeks with a bonus week – football theme as this may take part in January and February. Check out all of the freebies included! There is also a bonus Patriotic Yoga Freebie included in the planning to go along with Presidents day!
Football Week: Bonus
Football Week – This week may take part at the end of January into the beginning of February or may be bonus activities during your week. It’s perfect timing to try these football based activities when the Super Bowl or Pro Bowl is taking place. I love the fact that Football brings in gross motor activities such as agility drills and would even be a fun time to incorporate some Tabata as football players would!
If you need a fun game start off with a free football themed gross motor matching game that is available in the Freebie Library!
February Gross Motor Planning –Winter Sports
Winter Sports– With the Winter Olympics upon us winter sport activities made into fun gross motor activities is perfect for a week in February.
Set up Winter Sports Stations. These are easy to use for physical education, in a classroom, or in therapies.
This is a great time to try some indoor ice skating. This can be done for figure skating or speed skating! This same concept can be used just adding poles to turn the activity into cross country skiing.
Do you have a scooter board? Go tummy down on the scooter board and have Skeleton races!
How about Bobsled Races? All you need is a laundry basket or box that slides on the floor. Have one child in the laundry basket while the other pushes the basket. Give everyone a turn to push the basket!
Try ski racing. Tape a piece of tape to the floor and jump side to side. Use a timer and track how many jumps happen in a designated amount of time.
Grab your free ice hockey brain breaks in the Freebie Library to get started with moving with a winter sports theme this week!
February Motor Planning –Valentine’s Day Week
Start off with Valentine’s Day Yoga. Try these pose ideas with a Valentine’s Day theme!
Need fast, fun, and effective? Check out these Valentine’s Day brain break ideas.
The Conversation Heart Hop is a great way to move with a Valentine’s Day theme. This can also easily be played in musical chairs form!
Try the Valentine Delivery Relay and see how fast the Valentine’s can get delivered!
See even more fun Valentine’s Day Gross Motor ideas here!
The Conversation Heart Digital Brain Break Game (PowerPoint Game) is so much fun! Watch the kids move their bodies as the timer counts down. Great to play on an interactive whiteboard, computer or tablet!
February Gross Motor Planning –Transportation Week
Transportation is a fun theme to incorporate during the month of February. It’s fun and the kids love things that go making it easy to make the kids move with this theme. See all the transportation gross motor planning ideas here!
Start off by grabbing Transportation Brain Break freebies from the freebie library and move like all different transportation vehicles.
Try out these transportation yoga ideas! Pose like a plane, boat, or try some hot air balloon breathing!
Much like the bobsled races, car races can be done with a transportation theme. Use a laundry basket and race along the carpet. Incorporate pushing or pulling in this activity.
Do you have bigger trucks or cars that can be pushed or raced? These are great for racing along tape lines.
Work on the vertical surface. With matchbox sized cars create tracks on paper or use tape on the wall. Move the cars along the roads. Great for using the upper extremities. Do this activity in standing or high kneeling.
Scooter boards, push toys, or riding toys are perfect with this unit. Set up cones to work on driving through!
February Gross Motor Planning – Pet Theme
Who doesn’t love their pets!?! How many kids do you know that talk about their pets all the time? Being animals, pets are fun and easy to incorporate into gross motor!
Start off with these pet themed yoga ideas. Pose like your dog, cat or goldfish!
Animal track jumping is a fun way to add gross motor to this theme!
Bean bag toss games using dog dishes (check the dollar store) are great for this unit to work on eye-hand coordination. Line up the dishes and have the kids toss the bean bags in.
Check out more fun ways to move like an animal.
Bonus Freebie – Patriotic Yoga
February is busy for gross motor planning! Be sure to grab your Patriotic Yoga freebie in the freebie library. This is perfect to add to your gross motor planning around President’s Day!