Squish the bug gross motor activity is a fun way to get your moving and learning their letters! It’s a great activity for spring!
I did this activity outdoors with my toddlers and they loved it! It’s spring time and the insects in our backyard are starting to make their appearance. They found a centipede in the garden and were fascinated by it for at least 20 minutes! I decided to take that fascination with bugs and turn it into a fun learning activity that would get them moving and burn some energy!
This great thing about this activity is that it can be used to practice numbers, shapes, colours, sight words and more!
How to Set up Squish the Bugs Gross Motor Activity
If you are going to do this activity outdoors all you need is sidewalk chalk. If weather doesn’t permit you to go outside you can do this activity indoors using post-it notes and a fly swatter (optional).
Draw your bugs on the post-it notes write a letter in the center of your bub. Stick them all over your house. You can call out a letter and them have your little one run and find the letter once they have have the squish the bug using their fly swatter or their hands.
If you are doing this activity outdoors, draw your bugs on the ground. Place a letter in the center of the bug. I used different colours and created different types of bugs. Remember your drawings doing need to be perfect. Mine were far from the best. In fact my daughter let me know that my bugs don’t really look like bugs but she still enjoyed it!
How to Play
I called out a letter and my toddlers had to find the letter and then jump and stomp on the letter squishing the bugs! So simple but a fun way to practice letters and get active!
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- Sidewalk chalk