March is here and full of great options for gross motor planning. With St. Patrick’s Day, the basketball tournaments, Spring etc. it makes it easy for March gross motor planning. Check out all of the different ideas for March gross motor planning.
March Motor Planning – Ocean
Start off the month with an ocean theme. At this point in the year we are all hoping for a little warmer weather, at leas where I’m from.
Start this week off by incorporating ocean themed yoga! This is fun and easy movements that anyone can do. Do not let the word yoga intimidate you.
I also love to incorporate easy ocean moves that are pretty open to how the kids want to interpenetrate them. It’s fun to see the different ways they come up with to move their bodies!
How about some fishing this week? Check out this fun idea for fishing. Yes, those are candy canes, but using pipe cleaners would probably work well too if you don’t have candy canes on hand.
March Motor Planning – Basketball
It’s tournament time! Almost every place you turn there is some mention of basketball. If you are a basketball fan or have any basketball fans this is the theme for you.
Need a fast and easy go to with no equipment necessary? Check out these basketball brain break ideas and move your body like a basketball player!
Agility is a big part of basketball. Get free agility cards in the freebie library
Along with agility drills, Tabata drills are perfect for basketball players.
Adding sports themed yoga is perfect for this week!
Traditional Basketball Games – Play some of the traditional games such as P-I-G or H-O-R-S-E. You could even try a free throw shooting contest (or something much closer).
TIP: Do you have old trophies, ribbons, or medals laying around your home? If so this may be a good time to make them useful again and give them out as awards for working hard on basketball gross motor skills. This was one of the things that I’ve done with my old awards and the kids LOVE it!
Need fine motor activities for this week? Look no further than Sports Themed Fine Motor Activities!
March Gross Motor Planning – St. Patrick’s Day Week
One of the best ways to start this week is with The Rainbow Relay. It is a great way to get some movement in while learning the colors of the rainbow!
The Clover Hop is an easy and fun activity perfect during St. Patrick’s Day week.
Of course there is St. Patrick’s Themed Yoga poses. These are easy and fun movements that have a St. Patrick’s Day theme. There is no need to let the word yoga intimate you. Anyone can do them!
Fast, fun, and effective with no equipment and very little space shouts St. Patrick’s Day brain break cards!
Are you tech savvy and want to try a movement game on your interactive white board? You must check out the St. Patrick’s Day brain break game.
St. Patrick’s fine motor activities are done for you! Get them here.
Get even more St. Patrick’s Day themed gross motor planning ideas.
March Gross Motor Planning Ideas – Circus
The circus is so much fun! It’s the perfect theme to add to any motor planning.
Circus Yoga is the perfect way to start. This is a great way to work on strength, body awareness, and flexibility with fun. No need to be a yogi, these moves are fun and easy!
Get FREE circus themed movement cards in the freebie library.
I love any kind of silly relay for a circus theme. One of my favorites is the pool noodle.
You can see even more fun relay races for kids here.
Use a hula hoop as a “flaming hoop”. Think of all the different ways you can move through the hoop.
Check out even more fun ways to move with a circus theme!
March Motor Planning Bonus Week – Spring
With March comes Spring. Well, not always in Minnesota, but in many parts of the country. Spring is a fun time to splash in puddles and thing gardens, flowers, and more!
One of my favorite Spring time games is Bumble Bee Relay
Spring Yoga is a fun and easy way to move bodies with a spring theme. No need to be a yogi for these fun moves!
The puddle jump game is a fun and simple way to move and get gross motor skills in!
Fast, fun, effective and very little equipment or space are needed when you try out the Spring themed brain break ideas.
Baseball season has begun! Get the baseball measurement gross motor game from the freebie library!
Spring themed fine motor activities can be found here.
Be sure to check out all of our ideas for motor planning by the month and theme!