Halloween Gross Motor Activities

Ready for some Halloween Gross Motor Activities? Here’s another Gross Motor Movement Poem with a friendly Monster and a Spider!

This Gross Motor Activity is perfect for preschoolers to kindergarteners! I’ve even had some first and second graders have fun with it!

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Let’s first take a look at WHAT large motor movements children will be asked to imitate.  Next, we will see the VIDEO that goes along with the Halloween Gross Motor Activities and finally WHY it’s important for children to practice these skills! I’ll also explain who the special guest is in the video :).

 

FIRST, WHAT MOVEMENTS AND SKILLS ARE ADDRESSED IN THE HALLOWEEN GROSS MOTOR POEM?

A Gross Motor Movement Poem was written with 11 Gross Motor skills children are asked to imitate.  Not only are they working on improving their gross motor skills, BUT they have fun pretending they are a MONSTER! In addition, a spider is also used to help perform the movements!  For example, here are the gross motor and other skills addressed in this poem:
  • Body Parts! Children learn their body parts including shoulders, tummy, knees, toes, hair, and elbows
  • Prepositions like on, between, and over are included
  • Following directions! Children will have to listen to the Poem and do what the Monster is doing, which also addresses gross motor imitation skills!
  • Gross Motor skills: Crab walk, crossing midline, jumping, Frankenstein walk, running in place, and bear crawl.

In other words, kids will work on coordination, strength, and a lot more!

 

Next, Let’s take a look at the Halloween Gross Motor video!

This video was made due to requests from some pretty incredible kiddos I get to work with! After using the Scarecrow Scarecrow Gross Motor Poem during therapy (if you haven’t seen it, click HERE), a few students requested a MONSTER video.  So, of course I couldn’t say no!  That’s how this came to be.  
However, that wasn’t ALL they requested! During the COVID school lock-down the spring of 2020, I made a few videos to send to some students.  I included my dog Lucy in those videos.  The only complaint about the Scarecrow video was that LUCY was NOT in it!  I had no idea she made such an impression on them! That’s why she has a little cameo in this video. 🙂 

Prior to the activity, you will need to:
  1. Download the 5 PAGE FREE MONSTER GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES PACK
  2. Read the instructional page
  3. Review the Poem provided in the pack!
  4. Print pages 1-3 on card stock and laminate.  If you are doing this activity with a group of kiddos, make sure they EACH have a spider (page 3).  If you’re doing teletherapy or want some variations, kids can use a stuffed spider or pretend something is a spider!  Want to add some proprioceptive input to the activity?  Have the child use something a little heavier as a spider (make sure it’s an appropriate amount for your child). Want to add a simple spider making craft to this activity? Here’s a way to make spiders out of pipe cleaners.  An added FINE MOTOR ACTIVITY! 
  5. Watch the video to get an idea of how to complete the activity.
  6. HAVE FUN WITH THESE HALLOWEEN GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITES!
You can read the poem and have the children follow along with you OR you can have the children follow along with the video below!

Finally, Let’s See WHY these Large Motor Skills are Important!

Gross motor skills help develop and strengthen our larger muscles as well as help with overall coordination! Strengthening our core is important for stability and posture needed to sit in a chair.  In other words, a good base of support for fine motor skills!
 

I get to work with some amazing pediatric physical therapists and am so very thankful their hard work helps support what I do! #teamwork

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As always, make sure children have adult supervision for safety.  These activities should not take the place of medical or therapeutic intervention.

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