This is one of our favorite insect games – kids will love pretending to be all different kinds of bugs by choosing a card from the free printable!
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We are going “buggy” today with some gross motor activities that let kids pretend to be bugs! Some of our favorite games for kids are ones that combine motor skills with play – come pretend with us with this fun activity!
What You’ll Need:
What to Do:
Print the bug picture cards and into cards with one bug on each. Then, let kids take turns choosing a card and pretending to be the bug on the card.
1 || Caterpillar – Have kids pretend to be caterpillars by inching forward on their bellies in an army crawl. Then, have them get into a “cocoon” (lying on their backs, curled up tight into a ball with arms wrapped around knees). Have them hold this position for a count of 10.
2 || Butterfly – Have kids roll onto their tummies, lifting their arms and legs up off the floor like they’re flying). Hold this butterfly position for a count of 10 too!
2 || Worm – Have kids try this inchworm movement!
3 || Grasshopper – Start by crouching down low to the ground and then springing up, jumping like a grasshopper!
4 || Spider – Show kids how to crab walk to feel what it’s like to creep and crawl like a spider.
5 || Snail – Have kids start in child’s pose on a smooth wood floor. Have them lift their upper bodies off the floor, sliding themselves forward on the floor using only their arms/hands.
How to change it up:
-Play the song “Bumblebee” (Buzz, Buzz) song by Lori Berkner while the children are moving and have them freeze when you stop the music and go when the music plays again.
-If motor planning is a challenge, show the children how each bug would move and allow them to attempt to copy your movements with their bodies.
-If playing with several children, place the bug pictures on the ground and turn the game into a variation of musical chairs! Have the kids move like one of the bugs and stop on a bug picture when the music pauses, removing one bug each turn until there is one winner at the end!
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