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Winter is here and so is the desire to curl up next to the fireplace with a nice, cozy blanket, and a good book! But, let’s face it, our students just aren’t built for hibernation.
In fact, it almost seems like as the temperatures drop, their energy levels rise.
And when you pair that with something like indoor recess on those cold winter days, it doesn’t take long for your classroom to feel like it’s packed full of Energizer bunnies!
Thankfully, these printable winter movement cards can help you harness that energy into some productive gross motor practice that’ll keep your students engaged and moving throughout the entire winter season!
Waddle the Wiggles Out with Winter Movement Cards for Kids
Winter isn’t usually too much of an issue for us down here in the south, but it’s hit us hard this year and we’ve been on the lookout for some fun gross motor activities that can help us get some of that excess energy out while still staying warm indoors and these winter movement cards have been a huge hit!
So, whether you’re looking for a fun way to get those wiggles out and work on gross motor skill development during a winter theme unit with your toddlers or preschoolers or you’re wanting some silly brain breaks for your kindergarten students, you’re going to want to download a copy of these winter movement cards because they’re a great activity for kids of all ages!
How to Use the Printable Winter Movement Cards
First and foremost, download and print off the full color winter movement cards at the bottom of this post.
Once you cut them out, you’ll probably want to run them through your laminator for durability because if you’re anything like us, you’ll be using them pretty frequently.
Then, to make storing and using them easier on yourself, punch a hole in the top corner of each card and throw them on a book ring.
In this printable set, you’ll find eight cards with seven different movements!
Your students will:
- Freeze like an icicle
- Fall like a snowflake
- Glide like an ice skater
- Waddle like a penguin
- Flap like a snowy owl
- Roll like a snowman
- Shake like a snow globe
These fun winter movements will have your students giggling like crazy as they work on those gross motor skills and get that excess energy out!
How to Use the Winter Movement Cards on Google Slides
Included in this download, you’ll also find a link to download these cards on Google Slides.
Just click on the image in the file and you will automatically be prompted to make a copy of these cards and add them to your own Google library.
From there, you can project them up on your board or put them up on your smart board whenever your students need a quick movement break.
The easiest way to work through these winter movement activities is to utilize presentation mode in Google Slides and use the arrow keys to move between the slides.
Winter Movement Cards in the Classroom
Now, obviously, the most important part of using any type of movement based brain break activity like this one is to make sure that you can do so safely.
Yes, we want to work on those gross motor skills and coordination, but we don’t want anyone flapping around like a snowy owl only to bonk somebody else in the head!
So, make sure that all of your students have plenty of room to move around before starting.
Once you’ve got that down, it’s time to get moving!
Add these winter movement cards to your winter themed lessons or just bust them out when you need some new indoor activities to help shake off that cabin fever!
More Fun Winter Activities for Kids
- Snowball Fight Number Sense
- Winter Snow Sensory Writing Tray
- Five Little Snowmen: Puppets & Song
- Rhyming Snow Globe Memory
- Sight Word Snowmen Google Slides Activity
- Winter Books for Preschoolers