Valentine’s Themed Gross Motor Learning Games
BY DYAN ROBSON, AND NEXT COMES L
Feb 13, 2017
One of my favourite materials to keep on hand for the kids is a package of craft foam shapes. They're inexpensive to buy and can be used for a variety of activities from sensory bins, crafts, water play ideas and more! But one of our favourite ways to use the foam shapes is to create gross motor learning games like this Valentine's Day themed high five game.
It's a simple and active way for kids to learn!
For this simple Valentine's gross motor activity, you will need:
- a package of foam hearts (or make your own out of craft foam)
- a permanent marker
- a large space to run and move
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You can use this activity to target any skill you wish such as number identification, letter identification, sight word practice, math facts, skip counting, spelling, etc. So feel free to tailor the activity towards your child's needs.
Label the foam hearts with the desired target skill (we chose skip counting by fives and tens) using a marker. If you'd prefer to be able to reuse these foam hearts for other activities, then simply use a dry erase marker on the foam or try using dot stickers to label the hearts.
Once the hearts are all labeled, stick them to the walls in an open space using tape. Place some hearts slightly out of reach so that your child has to jump and stretch to reach them. Put opposite numbers or letters across the room from each other to encourage your kids to move and learn.
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The kids can then run around searching for the next heart in the sequence and give it a big high five. If you are doing the sight words variation, then simply call out a word for them to find.
For another fun variation, try playing this game in the bathtub (obviously without the running around!) and a spray bottle. When wet, craft foam sticks to the bathtub or tile walls. Simply wet the foam hearts and stick them to the wall around the bathtub. Then fill up a spray bottle with water and encourage your child to spray the different hearts and read the word, name the letter, solve the math equation, etc.