Preschool Activity: Animal Action Dice
Looking for a quick, easy, and most importantly- meaningful Physical Education, transition, and/or Math activity?! Of course you are!
Animal Action Dice is a simple activity that will quickly become a teacher AND definitely child favorite!
A pair of extra large dice (preferably 6" x 6")
Animal print template
Before you play, prepare your Animal Action Activity dice! Leave one die as the standard "number dots" and use our six animal prints for the other die. Simply glue an animal to each side of the die. Begin with having your preschoolers form a large circle. Give the dotted die to one preschooler and the animal die to another. Instruct each child to take a turn throwing their die into the center of the circle. Preschool Player 1 will throw the “number die” into the middle of the circle and announce the number it landed on. Encourage the child to count then announce the number of animal actions they will be doing to their classmates. “We are going to do three…” Following Preschool Player 1 announcing the number, have Preschool Player 2 throw the “animal die” into the center of the circle. Encourage Preschool Player 2 to announce the number and animal action. “Three animal action” or “We are going to do three froggy jumps!”.
Once your preschool players have worked through the number and animal action, have the entire class perform the actions on your count (I usually stand in the middle and demonstrate, keep the count). The animal actions are:
Frog: Froggy jumps! squat down to the ground with knees bent like a frog. Pop up shouting “ribbit!” and back down for each repetition.
Donkey: Donkey kicks (early handstands). Two hands on the ground, kick feet up shouting “hee-haw!” and land on feet once for each repetition. Make sure you enforce the importance on landing on feet, not knees to ensure no one gets hurt.
Bear: Bear walking! Hands and feet on the ground, bottoms in the air. Walk to the middle of the circle and back, or for number of seconds like a bear for each repetition.
Bunny: Bunny hops! Feet together, straight body, hands over head to make bunny ears. One big hop landing on two feet for each repetition.
Chicken: Chicken walks! Squatting down as low to the ground as possible, with hands tucked beneath armpits to form wings, have students chicken walk (and cluck) in a tight circle.
Monkey: Monkey Jumps (early cartwheels). “Hands down jump around”. Two hands on the ground, jump your feet around in a circle while hands remain “glued” to the ground. One rotation for each repetition.
Use these amazing tools to learn math concepts of counting and one to one correspondence (add digits to each side to further the skills), and promote physical development through stretching, cardio, body control, following directions, waiting your turn… the benefits are endless!
Ask the children to show you their muscles when they’re done. My munchkins love to show off after they’ve exercised!