The ocean is a great theme for gross motor and fine motor activities! The ocean life and ocean activities make it fun and easy to incorporate movement into your gross motor planning. Whether you are a teacher, therapist, or parent these ocean themed fine motor and ocean themed gross motor planning ideas are for you! Be sure to check out all of the motor planning ideas from Pink Oatmeal.
Ocean Themed Gross Motor Ideas
Ocean themed yoga is the a perfect way to get the kids moving. The kids get to move their bodies to be just like all the different creatures of the sea/ocean such as a crab, octopus and whale! Read about the Ocean Themed Yoga! These are seriously the best! The kids are so engaged!
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.
The ocean is full of islands. Island hopping is a great activity to add to the ocean theme. Use pillows or mats. Move forward or backward when trying out this activity!
Love simple moves? Then you’ll love these Ocean Themed Movement Cards!
Lifeguard/Beach Ball Stations – These stations are part of the community helpers movement pack to represent the lifeguard. Place the different color beach balls on the wall. Now work on balance with knee taps or toe taps. You can also work in quadruped reaching for the different color beach balls!
Often times you will find crabs on the beach. This is a great time to try different variations of the crab walk. Check out some of the ideas below!
The “crab roll” has you pushing a ball along as you walk across the beach.
How about some crab legs? Get yourself in the crab walk position and kick out those legs!
Ocean Themed Games
Try this fun ocean themed digital game. These can be played on a computer, tablet or interactive whiteboard. What makes these games even better is that you can print the games too and use them as ocean themed movement printables. They are a great addition to any wall, door, hall or anywhere you choose. They are great additions to obstacle courses or to incorporate as parts of other motor challenges.
Mermaids go perfectly with the ocean! You can meet and move like mermaids with this game. You can play it digitally or print and use the game as printables.
Roll, Riddle, and Write! This fun game is perfect for working on writing/fine motor skills keeping with the ocean theme!
When you think of the ocean how about surfing?!? Pink Oatmeal has an awesome surfing themed gross motor game that works on one to one correspondence along with movement! This game can be played on your computer, tablet, screen cast onto a television or played on an interactive whiteboard. This is a great option for BOTH in-person and distance learning.
Ocean Themed Fine Motor Activities
Ocean Fine Motor Activities – Eleven different easy, quick, and fun ocean themed fine motor activities can be found in the ocean themed fine motor activities pack. This is a must to save you time and effort and leave you feeling good about your ocean themed fine motor activities.
The summer fine motor pack from Pink Oatmeal also gives you plenty of other options for an ocean or beach theme!
There is even more! Check out the Beach Themed Gross Motor and Fine Motor Activity Ideas from Pink Oatmeal. This will give you even more and these two themes work great in combination. You can also look for several of our other summer themed motor skills ideas in the Fun Summer Motor Skill Themes Ideas from Pink Oatmeal.
Ocean Themed Resources
Pink Oatmeal has a huge selection of resources perfect for your ocean theme. These resources are created for you to save you time and effort. Feel confident your kids will love these ocean themed motor skills.
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