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Looking for a quick, do-it-anywhere way to practice gross motor skills? Sometimes simply performing a motor skill is a perfect activity in and of itself, and crab walking is that activity.

Skill Areas Addressed (See Glossary):

  • Bilateral coordination
  • Strength
  • Trunk stability
  • Motor control
  • Body awareness

What You Will Need: All you need is a kid!

What To Do: Have your child sit on her bottom, place her hands on the floor behind her, push up, and start moving:

  • Crab walk to the bathroom to brush your teeth.
  • Crab walk to the door to get your shoes.
  • Crab walk to the kitchen and get a drink.
  • Crab walk anywhere. Inside, outside, at home, at school—it's as simple as that, and so beneficial!

A child doing the crab walk

How To Change It Up:

  • Is crab walking too easy for your little one? Try it on varied surfaces (inclines, declines, hard, soft, etc).
  • For extra work on core stability and body awareness, place something on your child’s belly and see if she can crab walk without it falling off.
  • Need to incorporate academics? Crab walk to complete a number or letter sequence, or crab walk to a requested sight word.
  • Do a crab dance: lift 1 hand up, and hold it for 5. Try a foot. Amazing core work!


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