When there are a group of kids, gross motor games are a great way to build friendship and establish relationships. These bean bag games are movement gross motor activities that improve core strengthening with a friendship theme. They are fun ways to add a movement break in the classroom, a creative ice breaker game for a group of new friends, and a playful ways to promote friendship with movement. Bean bag games improve core strengthening through whole body movement and these friendship themed games are one that will build memories.
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Gross Motor Core Strengthening Movement Activities
Building core strength is important for so many reasons: attention, focus, and positioning are just a few reasons to strengthen the core. Read more about core strengthening and attention here.
Why play bean bag games?
- There are several reasons why bean bag games are a great addition to any kids’ day.
- Bean bag games are a great movement and core strengthening activity. They are an easy way to add a movement brain break to classroom activities.
- Movement games foster friendship and invite conversation in groups like classrooms, youth groups, play dates, and birthday parties.
- Bean bag games offer repetition with heavy work, adding proprioception for a calming and organizing activity.
- Bean bag games offer an opportunity for gross motor visual motor integration skill work, which is necessary for developing the skills needed for handwriting, reading, and learning.
- Bean bag games allow a child to build core muscle strength.
- Group games with bean bags build problem solving and group interactions.
Gross Motor Core Strengthening Bean Bag Ideas
- Bean Bag Slide- Kids can line up side by side, facing in the same direction. Start with all of the bean bags to the left side of one child. The first child should reach down and grab one bean bag. They can then slide the bean bag on the floor between their legs, placing it behind them. The child to their right should lean down and grab the bean bag between their legs. They can then place the bean bag on the floor in front of their feet. The child to their right can grab the bean bag and continue it down the line of kids.
- Bean Bag Over Head- Kids can sit on the ground one in front of the other. The bean bags should begin in a pile in front of the first child. That child can pick up one bean bag and place it over their head to pass it to the next child behind them. That child can grab the bean bag and pass it over their head to the child behind them. Continue down the line.
- Bean Bag Side to Side- Kids can sit in a line behind one another. The kids should pass bean bags down the line by twisting at the core to rotate their trunk. Continue the bean bag pass down the line.
- Bean Bag Toss- Kids should line up in a line by standing up a few feet from one another. One child should pass one bean bag to the next student by tossing a low toss to the next child. Try to keep the bean bag close to the ground but not touching the ground. Continue to pass bean bags down the line.
- Bean Bag Foot Pass- Kids can lie on their backs in a line. The fist child should use only their feet to pick up one bean bag and pass it to the next child. That child should grab the bean bag using only their feet. Continue all of the bean bags down the line.