We love diving headfirst into movement activities for kids that use the whole body! Children grow stronger and more coordinated when they get to know every little aspect of how their bodies work. They also get plenty of great sensory feedback when you incorporate play that uses many different muscles. So today we are playing with our feet!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Bugs! We recommend starting this activity with one large “bug” (could be a stuffed toy bug or a pillow you can pretend is a bug)
WHAT TO DO: We initially played this game with several children lying on their backs with their feet straight up in the air. The object of the activity is for kids to pass the bug down the row and back using only their feet! Tummy muscles will be burning and concentration is sure to be at a high during this game! To play with one child, simply have him assume the same position on his back and pass the bug back and forth between your hands and his feet! Or lie across from the child, feet to feet, and pass the bug to each other using both of your feet!
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-Once the above play is mastered, try this activity using smaller bug figurines for an increased motor planning challenge! This will get the toes in on the fun too!
-With one on one play, try having the child grab the bug at different angles (right side,left side, high, low, near, and far). This will keep your child’s tummy and legs active and engaged!
-For some more fun, hang a hoola hoop “spider’s web” across from the child’s feet and see if he can toss the bug into web using only his feet.
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Gross motor skills, trunk stability, sensory integration, visual motor integration