Locate or create opportunities for crawling through a tunnel! This is a great activity for developing gross motor skills, motor planning, body/space awareness, and eye tracking.
To make a cardboard tunnel, you need a
- cardboard box
- Box cutter or scissors
- An area large enough to fit the tunnel creation and room to move around it safely
- Art supplies to decorate the box (optional)
- Open up the box all the way (top and bottom)
- Cut along one edge of the box
- Lay one side down on the ground, folding the rest of it up and over into a triangle shape
- Tuck the fourth side under the base of the triangle
- Look through the tunnel and invite your child to have a look
- If you can crawl through, model it, or crawl along side and meet them on the other side of the tunnel
You can also make a tunnel using a blanket tucked into the couch and draped over the coffee table, using large cushions or pillows and a sheet, etc…
Allow room for free exploration with this activity. If they choose to sit inside the tunnel, or stay on the outside decorating the cardboard box, it is all a learning experience that encourages focused independent play and thinking.
Title: Tunnel Crawls
Place a small container of toys on one side of the tunnel, and an empty container on the other. Make a game of getting each toy through the tunnel to the other side, one at a time.
Use as part of an obstacle course, or with acting out the story “Going On A Bear Hunt” for some added fun!