IMG_2476 This is a spin off of a previous post.   The kids have a ton of pent-up energy today!   Time for a variation on the boredom buster dice.   We made an exercising dice. You can download our free printable exercising dice, cut it to size, fold it, and have hours of active fun!  Our printables include two pages with different ideas for kids to do and move – and the best part is that they can all be done at home. Download here —> Exercising dice With this dice, kids can practice gross motor skills: Jump, Hop, Stomp, Clap, Arm Circles, and Crawl.   We added a few other “tools” from around the house, a rug, a scarf, paper plates, pillowcases, etc.
Black and white exercise dice lying on top of a blue-green sheet with multicolored letters on a light brown background.
Isn’t this simple idea so much fun?
IMG_2479Here are some of the activities we did with our exercise dice and household items.   As we are studying bugs this week, the majority of our exercises followed a bug theme, but these can easily be adapted for animals or machines (ex: hop like a bunny, or crawl like a backhoe, etc.).   The kids loved rolling the dice to find out what their next “task” was!
Black and white screenshot of an exercise dice with instructions
Let’s work on those gross motor skills.
  • Hop or Jump on and off the mat like a grasshopper.
  • Stomp on the paper plates – have someone else place them around the room, or do arm circles as you fly from plate to plate like a bee.
  • Race across the room or to another side of the house while crawling, hopping, clapping, etc.   Pretend you are a worm or a beetle
  • Toss the dice back and forth, doing whatever it says when you get it,
  • Hold onto a scarf and lead each other pretend you are ants on a mission to carry something somewhere
  • Do arm circles while holding the pillow cases   – pretend you are butterflies.IMG_2482
  • While doing arm circles, list the insects you know that have wings, while crawling or jumping discuss the insects that move like you are.
  • Clap and talk about the noises that bugs make.   My kids are fascinated with the way grasshoppers make noises with their legs – we tried clapping our feet.
Black and white screenshot of an exercise dice with instructions to act like an animal
Acting like an animal is so much fun as well.
We also included a second dice for kids to play pretend like they’re animals: elephant, grasshopper, cat, monkey, fish and bunny. So much fun!  Download here —> Exercising dice What variations can you come up with, with your exercise die?

This activity is part of our insect/bug learning unit.   For more activities click the link below:

Bugs Theme

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  2. I made dice for a little exercise class that I do with the local preschoolers. I put pictures of animals on each side (currently: dinosaur, fish, bird, elephant, monkey and cat). I roll the dice and the kids have to act like the animal it lands on. I always encourage them to over-exaggerate the movements too, and they LOVE it! (Especially the dinosaur one!)

    1. Donna, that is such a great idea! We will have to modify our dice later to incorporate more creativity and free expression! My kids love mimicking animals!

  3. We do this at our homeschool PE class! We made 2 HUGE dice, one has numbers, the other has sit ups, push ups, etc. The kids roll to see what we will do, and how many!