Physical Literacy | Bear Crawl

TIME: 10 Minutes

AGES: 3 – 8

SKILL: Balance


  • Open indoor space, or dry outdoor space with grass
  • Rope, ribbon, or any line on the ground


  1. Talk with your preschool child about bears. How do bears move?
  2. Show your child how to crawl like a bear. Knees do not touch the ground
  3. Stretch out a rope or ribbon on the grass, or find a line marked on the floor
  4. Crawl along the rope, ribbon or line like a tightrope in the circus. Feet and hands must stay on the rope, ribbon or line


  • If there are several children present, try having a bear crawl race. Mark a starting line and a finish line 10 metres away


This activity develops coordination, balance, and strength as kids try to imitate the movements of a bear