Animal Walks

Animal Walks

Age: 
3-5 years, 5-8 years
Participants: 
2+
Time: 
5-10 minutes
Setting: 
Home, School, ECEC
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Skills

Set Up:

  • Mark out an area that kids can animal walk in

 

Description:

Kids have to move around like the animal that the coach says, for example:

  • Hop like a kangaroo
  • Jump like a frog
  • Crawl like a bear
  • Walk tall like a giraffe
  • Run fast like a cheetah
  • Walk like a crab
  • Zoo! Be any animal that you like

 

Variations:

  • Ask children to come up with the next animal walk to do
  • Make the animal noises!

 

Teaching Points:

 

Jumping

  • Land like you are riding a motorbike – arms forward, ankles, knees and hips bent, feet apart
  • Land as quiet as a mouse
  • Swing & Spring
  • Reach for a star and bring it down again

 

Hopping

  • Quiet landings (bend ankles, knees and hips)
  • Bend your leg to push off
  • Head up and eyes forward (look towards where you are hopping)
  • Swing & spring

 

Balancing

  • Head up
  • Aeroplane arms
  • Eyes looking forward at something ahead of them (eg. Tree)