St. Patrick’s Day Gross Motor Activities

March is full of Magical Leprechaun’s, Lucky 4 Leaf Clovers, Rainbows, Gold…AND St. Patrick’s Day Gross Motor Activities! Children will have fun pretending to be a Leprechaun while imitating 10 gross motor movements!

This Gross Motor Movement Poem is perfect for Preschoolers to First graders!

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In this post, we will look at what skills are targeted with this activity.  Then, you can see a video that demonstrates the Leprechaun Leprechaun Gross Motor Movement Poem.  Finally, we will look at WHY gross motor development is important for fine motor skills!

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St. Patrick's Day Gross Motor Activities

FIRST, LET’S LOOK AT WHAT MOTOR MOVEMENTS ARE INCLUDED IN THE ST. PATRICK’S DAY GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES PACK:

The pack includes a movement poem titled Leprechaun Leprechaun!  The poem asks kids to pretend they are a Leprechaun as they imitate 10 movement patterns.  For example:

  • Walking on tip toes
  • Crossing midline
  • Jumping
  • Large Arm Movements
  • Marching
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Bear Walk
  • In addition to working on the above gross motor skills, kids will also work on following multi-step directions, prepositions, body parts, AND MORE!

NEXT, Let’s take a peek at the St. Patrick’s Day Gross Motor video!

You can use the video as a guide to see how to complete the Gross Motor Movement Poem.  However, you can also have your child follow along WITH the video! 

In preparation, you will need to:

  1. Download the 5 PAGE FREE ST. PATRICK’S DAY GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES PACK by clicking HERE!
  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 the Pot of Gold Visual (page 3). 
  5. Watch the video to get an idea of how to complete the activity.
  6. Most importantly, HAVE FUN!
  7. Want to add a fine motor activity? Instead of using the Pot of Gold Printable, have your child make their own! Click HERE to see one idea that includes using scissor skills!

Finally, Let’s See HOW FINE and GROSS MOTOR SKILLS work together!

Working on gross motor skills help improve balance, coordination, strength, and core stability!  A good base of support in your trunk muscles (proximal control) is important for your arms and hands (distal control), which is needed for writing, cutting, buttoning, and manipulating small objects.

In other words, gross motor activities help support fine motor skills!
PLUS, Gross Motor Activities also provide a movement break and prepare the body for work!

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

Looking for MORE ST. Patrick’s Day ACTIVITIES?

Click HERE to see our fine motor, cutting, and writing activities PLUS more FREEBIES with a St. Patrick’s Day THEME!!

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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 advice or intervention.

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