Hi, I'm Cassie and I blog at 3 Dinosaurs. I'm a mom of 3 stomping, romping and roaring girls! I blog about some fun printables, crafts, and gross motor.
Christmas is a time of year I just love. There are so many fun books to read. But the Polar Express is a book we read EVERY YEAR without fail. We read it at least 4 or 5 times. My girls enjoy it.
This time of year also means a huge change into staying more inside on cold chilly days. My girls love just to move around and so several years ago now we started doing gross motor with our picture book reading. Yes, this means my eleven-year-old reads picture books with us.
Today I have a fun set of gross motor activities you can while reading the book or you could even do them while watching the movie!
Now these activities are so easy to do. You don't need anything to do them but space!
The Gross Motor Movements
The one you need to remember when coming up with movements is to keep them simple and fun. You can also change up how you do them as well. Each movement can be repeated or done just one time.
More Polar Express Themed Activities for Kids
- Polar Express Beginning Sounds Activity
- Christmas STEM Craft and Code
- Polar Express Fine Motor Activities
One of the movements is the train. You can do the train movement every time you read train or when you see the train in the book. This options of movement will allow kids to move more or less. I know that my girls like to get their wiggles out so we do the movements as much as we can. Oh yes, I did say we. I do the movements with my girls!
The snowflakes fall to the ground. So we did out own impressions of falling snowflakes. We made our hands the snowflakes and had them fall and wiggle to the ground.
My girls made a train, and they shuffled their feet around the room. We went forward and backward while doing the movement. It can be done together or alone.
For the ticket, we stood up straight and waved our arms around in the air. It is one moment that is fun to change up the speed on slow, normal, and fast speeds.
This was one fun movement because it means running around. My girls love to run around. We did this one at a time to make sure no one ran into each other.
One thing my girls pointed out was that those elves do lots of jumping around! So we decided that we would do some jumping in the air for our elf movement. This is fun and we all love jumping.
We had fun with Santa's bag. We pretended ti pick it up and put it over our shoulder. We did this as crossing the body movement. You pick up on the right foot and put over the left shoulder. We made sure to do both sides.
Santa is a big man who wiggles like a bowl full of jelly. So we did out best wiggle movements. This was one movement that we also did slow, normal and fast speeds.
The final movement we did was the bell. We rocked back and forth on our back and pretended to ring like the bell. It was loads of fun.
Some other movement you might consider doing and see what your kids can create are:
- hot chocolate
- Christmas tree
Moving and reading the book is tons of fun. I hope that you have fun doing the movements. Keep in mind a lot of these movements can be used with other Christmas Books as well!
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Cassie is a mom of three stomping, romping, and roaring girls. She blogs about fun art and craft activities and printables she make. She includes the odd review of products every now and then. She also blogs about the places that she has taken the girls called trip reviews. She has a few free printable pack for kids ages 2 to 8 and always adding more. She love to get comments and feedback and always looking for new things to try or do with her girls.