Animal Exercise

09 Nov 2018

Here’s an easy way to encourage your child to exercise and have fun at the same time.

Pretend you’re visiting the zoo, and for each animal you see, imitate their movements. Try doing each for a count of five or 10, and mix it up by encouraging your child to choose their favourite animal to mimic too.


Stand with your feet on the floor and tuck your hands under your arms. Slowly lift one leg up and tuck it behind the other leg. Try to balance on one foot for a count of five. Then switch to the other foot.


Hold a stuffed toy or doll in front of you like a joey. Jump straight up and down, pretending you have a tail to help you spring higher and higher.


Hold your hands up high like a giraffe’s neck, then spread your legs hip distance apart and walk forward like a giraffe.


Gallop around like a horse, holding your hands in front of you as though you’re holding onto reins.


Hold each of your hands up like a tiger’s paw. Walk slowly in place, moving your arms forward like a tiger’s claws. Make sure to growl like a tiger too!


Stand with your feet hip-width apart and hold your arms up at your shoulders. Drop your elbows so your hands are hanging down. Wave your hands back and forth and run in place.


Hold one arm out in front of you with your palm up. Place the other hand on top of it, forming your crocodile’s mouth. Open and shut your arms, snapping like a crocodile.


Start by standing up with your feet hip-width apart. Lean forward until your hands are touching the floor, then walk on your hands and feet, keeping your bottom up in the air.


Stand up straight with your legs together, and put your arms straight down next to your sides. Wiggle your hands but keep your arms locked next to your sides. Walk forward, but keep your legs stuck together, so you have to waddle like a penguin!


Crawl on your hands and knees, opening your mouth really wide and roaring as loud as you can.


Sit on the floor and lean back with your hands behind you. Lift your bottom off the floor and walk on your feet and hands like a crab.