32 Animal Walk Movement Cards for Sensory Regulation and Brain Breaks

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PreK - 1st, Homeschool
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  1. This bundle includes three Movement resources: * 84 Sensory Diet Cards* 32 Animal Yoga Cards* 32 Animal Walk CardsIn a review of many research studies on exercise and cognitive function, reviewers found that engaging in physical activity improved children's cognitive abilities and emotional regulati
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Designed by an occupational therapist, these 32 cards are perfect for building children's listening skills, body awareness, motor planning. Also, tips to integrate math and ELA language practice into activities are provided.

These cards come in two sizes for your convenience:

1- Four cards per page

2- Two cards per page

Two-Sided Printing:

With two-sided printing, it is easy for an adult to read a card to children while they look at the picture. This resource has been set up to so automatic two-sided printing on your printer. However, many printers and computers have unique settings. Please reach out to TPT if you have any printing challenges.

What are the 32 Cards Included?

1- Bat Hang

2- Bear Walk

3- Bird Flap

4- Cat Arch

5- Cobra Strike

6- Crab Walk

7- Duck Waddle

8- Elephant Trumpet

9- Flamingo Slink

10- Frog Jumps

11- Giraffe Stretch

12- Kangaroo Hop

13- Ostrich Yo-Yo

14- Snake Slither

15- Turtle Toddle

16- Walrus Wiggle

17- Pony Gallop

18- Bunny Hop

19- Penguin Rock

20- Bull Charge

21- Bee Buzz

22- Monkey Madness

23- Mouse Scurry

24- Swallow Sway

25- Squirrel Tail Twitches

26- Turkey Trot

27- Cheetah Run

28- Snail Slide

29- Donkey Kicks

30- Mule Stomps

31- Copycat Chimp

32- Parrot Performer

How do Animal Walks Benefit Children?

Build Listening Skills: Building listening skills should be a vital part of a child’s skill building in the early years. Some benefits of good listening include more confidence, better engagement in classroom activities, fewer misunderstandings and frustration, improved receptive and expressive language, and stronger reading and reading readiness. Animal walks are such fun for kids that they are primed to listen and participate. They want to master each animal’s moves and so listen well to directions.

Improve Body Awareness: Body awareness entails a child’s awareness of where his or her body is in space and how each part is moving separately. Children need good body awareness for sports, but it is also important for maneuvering carefully through a cluttered and busy classroom. Also, good body awareness helps children develop concepts of up/down, right/left which is important as a child work on handwriting and learns to organize written work.

Increase Motor Planning Skill: Motor planning describes how a child plans his body movements. An element of motor planning includes paying good attention to directions and sequencing these directions correctly. Animal walks are not simple. They require motor planning, and its requisite sequencing and timing. Participation in activities that practice motor planning provides a good foundation to help children learn to master more complex, multi-step directions for academics, as well.

Integrate Movement with Academics: Recent research completed in Denmark shows that children gain and retain math facts more quickly when they are engaged in gross motor movement (Myrto-Foteini 2017). Pairing math and language practice with a motivating movement activity like animal walks is an ideal way to address and improve children’s academics. Ideas to combine animal walks and academics are suggested.

If you are interested in this resource, you may like to consider these resources as well!

Self-Regulation sensory Diet Activity Cards

Brain Break Seasonal Bundle

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