The animal kingdom is a great resource to turn to for inspiration. Moving like an animal is a perfect task tent activity for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade to complete independently. Kids use their imagination to unleash their inner animal and improve strength, flexibility, and mobility. Animal kingdom can be played in an auditorium, cafeteria, gym, hallway, or playground.
Start on your hands and knees. Gently lift your knees 1 to 2 inches off the ground. Travel by crawling like a bear, keeping your back flat with your knees bent and close to the ground. Move forward, backward, and sideways.
Need more of a challenge? Eliminate one leg or arm!
Start on your bottom with your hands behind your back and legs bent at the knees. Lift your bottom off the ground. Move forward, backward, or sideways like a crab.
Need more of a challenge? Add toe touches! Keeping your bottom off ground, reach a hand across to the opposite foot, and repeat on other side.
Start in a deep squat with your hands between your legs on the ground like a gorilla. Stay in deep squat as you travel in any direction to build strength and flexibility. Swing your arms while you travel!
Keep two feet together and hop across the room like a bunny. This exercise will get your heart rate up!
Start in deep squat with your hands on the ground. Jump up as high as you can with your hands and feet leaving ground at the same time. Land and return to your starting position.
Start in a standing position. Bend forward, lower your hands to the ground, and keep your feet still as you walk out to a plank or raised push-up position. From the plank, keep your hands still as you walk your feet in toward your hands. Then, stand up and begin again!
Start on your belly, staying as low to the ground as possible. Alternate using your right arm and left leg and left arm and right leg to move forward. This builds total-body strength.
Start in the cobra yoga position—legs on the ground, pushing belly and chest off the ground with hands on the ground at your sides. Crawl using only your hands, keeping your belly and chest off of the ground, dragging legs behind to build strength.
With your knees high, stomp like a dinosaur to release your energy. The higher you can get your knees, the better!
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