If you’re looking for creative movement activities and fun group activities for your classroom or therapy room – you won’t want to miss this awesome idea!
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Based on the book, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, this activity is perfect for working on memory and movement! Try this activity as a movement and memory game during the back to school season in your classroom or therapy room.
Kids will have to use their memory to figure out which of the school supplies was stolen by the sneaky pigeon while moving their bodies in different ways to drive their buses around the room!
Back to School Printable Pack
This pack of back to school printables is perfect for teachers, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, and physical therapists!
If you’re looking for fun, fresh fine motor and gross motor back to school printables for your therapy practice or classroom, this pack is for you! Work on skills like balance, strength, social interactions, scissor skills, prewriting, visual skills, and more with these creative activities.
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What You’ll Need
-A set of simple school supplies (scissors, pencil, glue, glue stick)
What to Do
Read the book “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus”.
Give each child a floor spot and tell them that they are going to pretend to drive a bus just like the one in the story! Place the set of school supplies out on the floor. Have kids look and remember the supplies they see.
Next, have the kids “drive their bus” around the room (away from the school supplies) by holding their steering wheel with two hands and moving around the room in a certain way (jumping, galloping, skipping). While they’re not looking, remove one of the supplies.
Have the kids come back and sit down near the school supplies – can they figure out which of the school supplies the pigeon stole?
Repeat for multiple rounds, having kids move in different ways each round and removing a different school supply each time.
How to Change it Up
Depending on the kids’ age and ability level, use more or fewer school supplies to grade the challenge.
For an activity for kids in wheelchairs, have them drive their wheelchair as the “bus” to practice navigation instead of using the floor spot as a steering wheel.
Create an obstacle course for kids (balance beam, cones to weave through, stepping stones) to drive through instead of having them move in different ways.
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