Inchworm Walk

Inchworm Walk

Closing Activity
Consecutive movement and flexibility is improved while pretending to be an inchworm.
Activity Information
  • Skill Focus
    • Axial Stability
  • Equipment
    • No Equipment Required
  • Group Type
    • Individual
    • Small/Large Group
    • Special Needs
  • Activity Type
    • Challenge
  • Environment
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
  • Space Allocation
    • Extra Small Space
    • Small Space
  • Special Needs
    • Able-Bodied
  • Physical Benefits
    • Balance
    • Core Strength
    • Body Awareness
    • Motor Planning
  • Key Language
    • Caterpillar
    • Bend
    • Hands
    • Head
    • Heels
    • Front
    • Support
    • Still

Activity Progressions and Adjustments

Beginners  Have the children imagine their hands are glued to the floor while the feet move, and then the feet become glued to the floor while the hands move. At this level it is not necessary to keep the legs straight.

Intermediate  It may be challenging to keep the legs straight when walking them forward, but encourage legs straight when the hands are moving forwards.

Advanced  The hands and legs must be kept straight throughout the activity.

Special Needs  This may be a challenging but a very beneficial activity for all. Follow the above guidance to achieve the activity.

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Instructions

Explain to the children that they are going to pretend to be an  inchworm and move the same way that an inchworm does.

From a standing position the body needs to bend over and the hands placed flat on the floor ahead of the body. This must be done keeping the legs as straight as possible. 

While keeping the feet still, the hands are then walked forwards until the body is in a straight press-up or in a front support position with the body in a straight line from the head down to the heels.

From this front support position, the hands are kept still while the feet are walked towards the hands as far as possible without bending the legs.

Then it is the hands turn to move forward again, followed by the feet.

One part of the body moving first and then the other imitates the movement of a caterpillar. The caterpillar walk is continued until the finish line is reached.

Use clear, precise instructions and have the group work together. Once the activity is understood, you can then help children who are struggling.

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Safety Precautions

If the children are following one behind the other, ensure that there is enough space between each child.

 

 

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Sensory and Cognitive Benefits

Vestibular-Cerebellum  Stimulation of the neural networks in the cerebellum (balance center in the brain).

Proprioception  Stimulation of muscle and joint receptors responsible for body and spatial awareness.

Visual-Motor Integration  The eyes act to assist to stabilize the body for balance, and to bring the body into the correct position.

Muscle Tone and Posture  Will improve with practice.

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