Gross Motor Skills for Preschoolers: Exercising Dice

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.

With a dice and labels, we marked the sides of the dice with exercise options: 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.

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!

  • 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.

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


  1. These are really useful activities,as a mother of two 🙂
    I will be following to your page for my doughters.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!)

  4. 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!

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