This Madeline movement game is so simple to set up, but so much fun for kids. It is a gross motor activity that will have kids running, jumping, hopping and more!
This month the Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring the book Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. The book starts off talking about how the twelve little girls do much of their daily life in two straight lines. I thought it would be fun to play off of that and develop a movement game that is done in two straight lines.
- Painter’s Tape
That’s all you need!
- Make two parallel lines on the ground with the tape.
Madeline Movement Game
I instructed my kids to stand at one end of the line. Then I would call out a way to go down the line and they would do it. To begin, I asked them to walk down the line. But as we went through the activity we all got more silly.
Here are some of the ways they went across the line:
- Hop like bunny
- Hop on one foot and then the other
- Walk backwards
- Slither like a snake
- Hop like a frog
- Act like an elephant
- Act like a bird
This went on and on. My kids kept coming with new ways to go down the line. They acted like tons of different animals and came up with various ways to maneuver at the same time. At one point, my son combined a bunch of ways at once. It was quite a sight!
Overall, it was a super fun way to get some exercise and practice lots of gross motor skills! My kids actually played it a second time the next day. I can tell this is going to be a winter staple for us! It’s a great way to move and learn when you can’t get outside!
If you want to check out the additional Madeline inspired activities shared by our other Virtual Book Club hosts, please click on the links below:
Name in Bed & Name Writing Activity by Preschool Powol Packets
Madeline Small World & Sensory Bin by Study at Home Mama
Madeline Snack by Still Playing School
Doubles Activity for Preschoolers by Toddler Approved
Learning about Body Parts with Madeline by I Can Teach My Child
Exploring Art & Color by Mama Miss
Made”line” Sensory Tray Writing by Growing Book by Book
Toddler Shape Activity by The Pleasantest Thing
Build the Eiffel Tower by Inspiration Laboratories
Skip counting 2’s with Madeline by Rainy Day Mum
Flowers for Madeline by The Educators’ Spin On It