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 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:
-Stuffed animal(s), beanbags, or small pillows
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 stuffed animal/beanbag/pillow down the row and back using only their feet!
Core 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 pillows or stuffed animals 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 stuffed animal/beanbag/pillow 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 hula hoop across from the child’s feet and see if he can toss the bug into web using only his feet.