Thursday, January 07, 2016

Valentine's Day Hearts Gross Motor Games

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With my oldest back in school, I'm trying to avoid falling into a rut again with my four year old. He really doesn't like to play at home without his best buddy, so it's hard to find activities that he will actually engage in.

So after dropping J off at school, we made a quick stop at the dollar store. Then we came home to spend hours playing and moving with these Valentine's themed gross motor games for kids. There's zero prep, but it encourages lots of gross motor play. It was exactly the type of activity K needed!

Valentine's Day themed gross motor boredom busters for kids from And Next Comes L

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On my most recent trip to the dollar store, I picked up a package of felt hearts, not knowing what I was going to do with them, but I figured that I could come up with something. Well, not only did I come up with something, but my kids created lots of their own variations of my original idea.

All you'll need for these gross motor games are:

  • Large felt hearts from the dollar store - You could substitute foam hearts, paper hearts, or even cut out your own heart shapes from felt.
So what can you do with a package of hearts from the dollar store?

We scattered the hearts on the floor, a fair distance apart to encourage jumping and large steps. For extra fun, I told my four year old that the carpet was lava and he had to only touch the hearts. He's really into the whole "the floor is lava" stage of childhood.

Gross motor boredom busters for Valentine's Day from And Next Comes L

Gross motor boredom busters for Valentine's Day from And Next Comes L

Instead of stepping from heart to heart, try hopping on one foot from heart to heart. Or practice double footed jumps, like below.

Gross motor boredom busters for Valentine's Day from And Next Comes L

Gross motor boredom busters for Valentine's Day from And Next Comes L

Another way to play is to move from heart to heart on all fours, only letting one body part touch a heart at a time. It's a great way to stretch the body and get the kids moving. You can see it in action in the video further down.

Gross motor boredom busters for Valentine's Day from And Next Comes L

Gross motor boredom busters for Valentine's Day from And Next Comes L

Gross motor boredom busters for Valentine's Day from And Next Comes L

Gross motor boredom busters for Valentine's Day from And Next Comes L

Here's a video of my four year old playing a couple of the variations of this game:


Finally, here are some other ways to play with the felt hearts:

  • Arrange the hearts in a snake-like game board shape. Roll a die and use your feet as game board pieces to move from the start to the finish.
  • Arrange the hearts to make a hopscotch. You could label the hearts with numbers if you wish.
  • Make a tic tac toe grid on the floor using tape. Play tic tac toe with the felt hearts (one person uses one color, while the other person uses the other color).
  • Arrange the felt hearts into a tight grid, sort of like a Twister game board. Then grab a die. Depending on what number you roll on the die, that's what body part you place somewhere on the hearts, but only one body part per heart! We used the following:
    • Roll a 1 = Place your head on a heart
    • Roll a 2 = Place your left hand on a heart
    • Roll a 3 = Place your right hand on a heart
    • Roll a 4 = Place your left foot on a heart
    • Roll a 5 = Lift your head up from the hearts

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