Your child will develop gross motor skills by rolling a giant cube and acting out movements of bugs.
Prepare for this activity by taping a labeled picture of a bug to each side of the soft cube or tissue box.
Before you begin the activity, tell your child that she is going to learn about bugs and the way they move. Introduce the bugs to your child by showing her the picture of each bug, one at a time. Ask her to name each bug, or have her repeat the name of each bug that she does not already know. Then, in an animated voice, ask, “Do you know what the [bug’s name] does that’s really special?” Demonstrate the noises and movements that each bug makes, and invite your child to practice the noises and movements with you.
“A beetle makes clicking noises like this.” (Make clicking noises with your tongue while holding your hands up to your head like antennae and moving them back and forth.)
“A bee buzzes as it flies like this.” (Extend your arms as wings and pretend to fly around while making buzzing sounds.)
“A ladybug crawls on the ground really quietly like this.” (Crawl on the floor quietly.)
“A grasshopper hops very high like this.” (Crouch on the floor and hop high.)
“An ant marches like this.” (March by lifting your knees high as you step and swinging your arms like a soldier.)
“A butterfly flutters gently and slowly like this.” (Extend your arms as wings and pretend to fly gently and slowly like a butterfly.)
Once your child has seen what each bug looks like in the pictures and the movements and/or noises that each bug makes, introduce the game. Show her how to roll the cube, and then take turns rolling the cube and naming the bug it lands on. Then encourage her to act out the bug’s noises and movements.