I love a good theme when it comes to gross motor planning! Most kids love their pets. So why not make it pet gross motor planning? The fact that pets are animals makes pet gross motor planning a breeze. It adds the fun factor for kids too! Check out all the different ways that you can add a pet theme to your gross motor planning today!
Pet Gross Motor Planning
Start off with these pet themed yoga ideas. Pose like your dog, cat or goldfish! You can even get yoga cards to go with the theme!
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 these simple but fun Pet Themed Movement Cards and Printables!
Check out more fun ways to move like an animal. Not every pet is your traditional pet!
Try a pet scavenger hunt. Hide your favorite pets or pet supplies and have the kids search them out. Make this more exciting by including moves such as jumping, skipping, walking backward or crawling to the next location on their hunt.
Try a pet obstacle course – use props from your favorite pets (leashes, bowls, collars etc). Have the kids climb over, go around, or retrieve your favorite objects.
Tennis Ball Relay – Man’s best friend loves a tennis ball. Get kids into two teams and have tennis balls in a pile at the end of the room. Have the kids race to retrieve a ball (one ball) and run it back to their team. The first team to retrieve all the balls or the most balls wins.
Pet Themed Resources From Pink Oatmeal
The kids set of yoga cards has pictures of real kids in fun pet themed poses! The cards can be found at my shop on the blog or at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. Included is a full set of cards (10 poses) with a full description of how to do each pose. It also includes full page pictures of the kids in the pet themed yoga poses so you can use this set in versatile ways!
This set of cards has the same fun pet themed yoga cards with fun pictures to go along with the cards instead of kids in the poses. The cards can be found at my shop on the blog or at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. Included is a full set of cards (10 poses) with a full description of how to do each pose. It also includes full sheet pictures (pet pictures) and full sheet descriptions if you prefer to use it for a bulletin board or display.
Simple and fun ways to move like your favorite pets can be found here! Check out these 14 different ways to move like your favorite pets!
Get Your Own Animal Moves
How about some animal moves printables? There are two versions. One being pictures of the animals and the other pictures of kids performing the actions. Pick which one is best for your setting or grab both!
Grab the kids version in my shop or Teachers Pay Teachers store. These full sheet printables are perfect for stations or brain breaks. Maybe you just want to use them on your smart board as well! Be sure to check out the additional pictures and previews for a full look at the product.
Maybe you feel your kiddos would relate better to an animal version. The animal version also includes several suggestions on how to move like the animal. Grab this set in my shop or Teachers Pay Teachers store.