Try out this super simple no-prep gross motor game to learn the concept of possible or impossible for preschoolers. Get silly to make them laugh!
Looking for an activity that takes no-prep, but gets your kids moving and having fun?
This silly gross motor indoor game can be played with one kid or many kids to introduce and practice the concept of things that are possible versus things that are impossible.
They listen, they choose, they move, they celebrate!
Possible Or Impossible Game Setup:
- 2 Post-it Notes (or two pieces of paper with tape)
- 1 marker
Take the two Post-it Notes and write an “I” on one of them (for impossible) and a “P” on the other (for possible).
For younger kids you may want to use green paper for Possible and red paper for impossible to help differentiate them simply.
Red light vs. green light.
Choose a good space indoors where you can hang up the Post-it Notes opposite from one another.
Place the “P” on one wall and the “I” on another, with enough room for the kids to move back and forth.
Possible Or Impossible Game Rules:
The object of the game is for kids to listen to statements and decide whether they are impossible or possible.
Begin by having your kids stand in the middle of the room.
Explain that possible means things that could actually happen. And explain that impossible means that this thing could not happen in real life. Maybe even add that it would just be silly.
Say a statement that would lend itself to something that is impossible or possible.
For example, a dog went swimming on the moon.
They have to decide whether that statement is possible or impossible and run to the “I” or “P” Post-it Note.
Then discuss their reasoning together and have them move back into the middle of the room.
Continue to play by saying statements of things that are possible or impossible.
The statements can be silly or straightforward.
Start off by talking about things your kids are very familiar with.
If your kid is really into cars and trucks maybe use phrases like “the truck digs up dirt.” and then “the truck ate a whole tree of apples.”
If your child is into pets try phrases like “the dog drove his car to the park.” and “the dog barked at the squirrel.”
Some More Possible Or Impossible Example Statements:
- You can walk through the wall.
- Your friend ate breakfast today.
- There is a living dinosaur on the couch.
- The school bus is full of kids.
- The computer gave me a hug yesterday.
- The ant crawled into the ant hill.
- The balloon was bigger than the Statue of Liberty.
- The cat danced across the kitchen.
- A cow went swimming in the fountain.
- The cup of coffee was steaming hot.
- A family rode their bikes into town.
- The robot ate a carrot.
- A monkey swung from a tree.
Impossible Or Possible Extended Game Play:
This fun indoor game can continue for as long as there is interest and the statements can be simple or more complex.
For example, the boy jumped or the boy jumped over a shiny piece of foil in the road.
The statements can also be written down ahead of time or you can just think of them as you go.
If you have a child who is reading, they could read the statements for the younger kids to play.
As your kids move from one side of the room to the other, you could have them do a variety of movements.
They could run, jump, skip, crawl, crab walk, any variation of movements could work for this game.
You may also find that your kids want you to join in the fun, by having them make up statements for you to play.
Have fun, be silly, and get moving!
An indoor game that gets your kids moving and learning, may seem impossible, but this game makes it totally possible.