Movement is a must, and competition is fun! I think a little competition is healthy, even if it’s just competing with yourself to do better. I also think it adds a little motivation. One of my favorite gross motor games to play is a gross motor version of Win It In A Minute! This game is perfect for a brain break, game day, or to use in therapy. It accomplishes the goal of getting the kids moving!
Gross Motor Minute To Win It Games
How To Play
In Therapy: This can be varied depending on how many students or how the instructor would like to play the game. As a therapist, I let the child draw their card and I start the timer and we count. We may do 5-10 or more depending on the student and the situation. Sometimes we play it just that one time, and other times we will come back in a few weeks and play it again. It would also work well in therapy groups as students would be able to count for each other or compete against each other depending on the situation.
In The Classroom: This is the perfect opportunity for a brain break. Since each card is performed for a minute the instructor can select as many minute long activities as they feel suitable. Students can track their performance and compare how they did prior. It can be used as a game between students. It can just be played with no competition necessary.
The main goal is to get the students moving!
40 Minute To Win It Ideas
These are just so much fun plus have the benefit of extra movement! Some of the gross motor movements are repeating an activity. Others involve a sequence of activities. A full sequence can be counted as one point! If you love these you can grab a set in the shop!
1. Jump Up and Down
2. Arm Circles To The Side
4. Heel Raises
5. Left Foot Hop
6. Right Foot Hop
7. Toe Raises
9. Jump, Spin, Clap
10. Criss-Cross Jumps
11. Move Knees To Standing
12. Stomp, Jump, Spin
13. Star Jumps
17. Jumping Jacks
18. Forward Arm Circles
19. Side To Side Jumps
21. Forward and Backward Jumps
22. Right Foot Forward/Backward Jumps
23. Left Foot Forward/Backward Jumps
24. Right Foot Side to Side Jumps
25. Left Foot Side to Side Jumps
26. Hula Hips (full hip rotation)
27. March To Arms (hold arms out in front)
28. Spin On Tip Toes In A Circle
29. Spin On Heels In A Circle
30. Squat, Spin, Clap
31. Right Foot Hop In A Circle
32. Left Foot Hop In A Circle
33. Slalom Skier (Side To Side Ski Motion)
34. Frog Hops
35. Stomp, Stomp, Clap
36. Jump, Spin, Jump
37. Touch The Ground, Reach For The Sky
38. 180 Degree Jumps
39. Rope Skip (Skip Side To Side In Place)
40. Mountain Climbers (On your hands and feet move your feet towards your hands one side at a time like you are climbing up a mountain)
Win It In A Minute Cards
Like the game but don’t want to take the time to put it all together? I don’t blame you and we’ve got you covered at Pink Oatmeal. A downloadable set of Win It In A Minute Cards is available for quick and easy access to the game. If you would like to get your own set they are available at the shop.
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