The Crab Walk Gross Motor Skills Challenge
Sometimes, simply performing a motor skill is a perfect activity in and of itself. Looking for a quick, easy, do-it-anywhere, no set-up required way to practice gross motor skills? For our ocean theme, crab walking is that activity.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: All you need is a kiddo! :)
WHAT TO DO: Have your child sit on her bottom, place her hands on the floor behind her, push up and start moving. Crab walk to the bathroom to brush your teeth, crab walk to the door to get your shoes, crab walk to the kitchen and get a drink, crab walk ANYWHERE. Inside, outside, at home, at school. It’s as simple as that and so very beneficial!
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-Is crab walking too easy for your little one? Try it on varied surfaces (inclines, declines, hard, soft, smooshy, etc).
-For extra work on core stability and body awareness, place something on your child’s belly and see if she can crab walk without it falling off.
-Need to incorporate academics? Crab walk to complete a number or letter sequence, crab walk to a requested sight word….anything!
-Do a crab dance…lift one hand up and hold it for 5. Try a foot. Amazing core work!
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Bilateral coordination, strength, trunk stability, motor control, body awareness
Want to take a closer look at the skills kids are using in this activity? Check out our Clinical Closeup page, where we break down the skills listed below in terms everyone can understand.
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