Animal Walks

A great activity to get children moving, whilst building coordination, strength and confidence. No equipment required. 

Set up

Educator moves to an area where children are free to move like many different animals.  

How to play
Step 1
  • Educator begins moving like an animal (e.g., kangaroo) and makes animal noises, and the children copy  
Step 2
  • Educator changes movement and noise to a new animal, such as:
    • 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
Step 3 
  • Educator gives children a turn each in choosing what animal to imitate 


    Activity information
    Age: 1-2 years, 2-3 years, 3-5 years
    Participants: 1 +
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Skill focus
    Explore these skills for teaching tips
    Physical literacy tips
    • Ask children to come up with their own animal walk to do