Getting kids to move doesn’t have to be tricky! This silly gross motor activity from Francis has a fun motivation and is great for building core strength.
This activity could not be any simpler, and it’s a great way for kids to burn off extra energy!
All you need is a few favorite toys, and some kind of “house” for those toys. We made a cardboard cutout of a house and taped it to the wall, but you could use a box, a laundry basket, anything really!
Mom bonus: if you’re already got toys laying around the house (who doesn’t?) you can use this game to get your kids excited about cleaning up on their own!
Check out this video to see our crab walk game in action!
Melissa chose some of her favorite stuffed animals. I told her the animals had wandered from home and had to get back with her help. But there was one important detail: she had to carry them home by crab walking!
With a stuffed animal on her belly, she sat with feet flat on the floor and knees pointing up. With her hands behind her back, she pushed down on the floor to lift her bottom off the floor.
Let your kids experiment with figuring out how they want to carry the toys in their crab walk. Their creativity could lead to some serious giggles!
Melissa learned how to move and carry her stuffed animal at the same time while trying not to drop it!
When the animal arrived home in our cardboard house, she ran back for the other animals. In the end, all three animals were safe at home!
This activity was a lot of fun! Sometimes I even catch Melissa doing some crab walking around the house now!
Here is a great list of 40 Gross Motor Activities to Get Your Kids Moving!<