Saturday, 1 October 2016

Gross motor movement with numbers printables

Recently, I started teaching English at my son's school. It's really quite a challenge as I have such a wide variety of ages to approach - from 4 years old to 11! The groups are split up luckily, so I am not working with all of them at the same time.

For the younger kids, I knew that I wanted to add a movement component to whatever we would be doing. After all, there's no way that a 4 year old would want to be sit at a desk for half an hour listening to a lecture, right? Honestly, I really didn't expect the 11 year olds to be excited about that either. 

So, I turned to some inspiration from past activities I have covered with Y. I knew I had at least one child that had enjoyed them, and learned from them. So what did we do? I added a very important movement component! 

Inspired by the little ones I taught, I am sharing several ways you can add gross motor movement to your math themed learning activities. 

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Why


Movement is so important for our little ones. Gross motor activities help children to strengthen important muscles throughout their entire bodies. Working on gross motor movement helps the body to become coordinated in its movements, and even stimulates brain development! 

For young children, learning to jump, hop, and skip are just as important as learning to count, learning the alphabet, and learning their colours. 

I'll also let you in on a secret! One of the questions I get asked is: my child doesn't want to sit still for activities, what should I do? My go to answer is always to make sure you add enough gross motor activities and play to their day! 

Two years olds, three year olds, and really, even six year olds, are not built to sit behind a desk all day and complete work. Their bodies need opportunities for movement. 

That is why today, we are talking about fun ways to add movement to a review of numbers! Here are tons of ideas for engaging children in a fun way, while simultaneously sneaking in some numbers practice! 

How and What


We've been getting tons and tons of rain and wind lately here in the Netherlands. I know for Y, that makes it so disappointing not to be able to get outside. Instead, we used these fabulous number cards to create fun, movement games indoors. Here are several ideas you can implement in your home using our free number cards printables! 

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Number hide and seek

  • Hide number cards in your a room in your home
  • Tell your child to find the numbers. You can use a timer to encourage them to run and do it quickly. 
  • After all of the cards are found, have your child lay them out in order. 
  • Alternative: Have your child lay them out from greatest to smallest 
  • Alternative: Have your child lay out only the even or odd cards 

Number order

  • Grab several of the number cards 
  • Have your child place them in order on the floor
  • Alternative: Have your child place them in order counting by 2s, 3s, etc. 
  • Alternative: Have your child lay them out from greatest to smallest 
  • Alternative: Have your child lay out only the even or odd cards 

Number hop

  • Place the cards onto the floor randomly 
  • Call out a number
  • Have your child jump on the number you call out 

Number jump

  • Call out a number/show your child one of the number cards
  • Your child then should jump the amount of times you call out

Number hop version 2 

  • Place the number cards on the floor in order
  • Have your child hop/jump onto the even numbers
  • Alternative: have your child hop/jump onto the odd numbers

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