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Caterpillar Crawling

Fun Ways to Get from Here to There

TUMMY CRAWLING

COMMANDO CRAWLING. The child crawls on the tummy using opposition movement.

SEAL CRAWLING. The child crawls on the tummy using just the arms, while keeping the feet still. Note: If need be, tie a loose scarf around the feet to remind the child to keep his feet still.

FROG CRAWLING. The child crawls on the tummy, using just the hips, legs, and feet to push the body while keeping arms still at the sides.

WORM CRAWLING. The child crawls on the tummy, keep- ing arms at the sides and legs still, and rocks back and forth to wriggle forward.

ONE-ARMED COMMANDO. The child crawls on the tummy using the left arm and leg to propel the body while keeping the right side of the body still. (Repeat on the right side.)

CROCODILE COMMANDO. Same-sided crawl on the tummy.

ON ALL FOURS

TRADITIONAL CRAWLING. Crawl on all fours (hands and knees) using opposition movement.

MONKEY WALKING. Stand and put both hands on the floor (bottom in the air). Walk on the hands and feet in opposition.

BEAR WALKING. Stand and put both hands on the floor (bot- tom in the air). Walk same-sided on the hands and feet.

CROCODILE CRAWLING. Crawl same-sided on all fours.

CATERPILLAR CRAWLING. Stand and put both hands on the floor (bottom in the air). Walk the hands out away from the feet, then walk the feet back up to the hands.

BEETLE CRAWLING. Crawl on elbows and knees using opposition movement.

CRAB CRAWLING. Sit on the floor with the hands on the floor positioned under the shoulders. Push up onto the hands and feet (tummy facing up, parallel to the floor).

TIPPY-TOES. Stand up on the toes and walk in opposition.

HEELIES. Stand up on the heels with the toes off the ground and walk in opposition.

TIPPY-HEELS. Walk in opposition with one foot in “Tippy- Toes” position and one in the “Heelies” position (see above).

HEEL-TOE WALKING. Walk in opposition by placing one foot in front of the other, putting the heel of the front foot right against the toe of the back foot.

ANKLE MEET ANKLE. Walk sideways, stepping the right leg out to the side and then bringing the left leg over to meet the right. Repeat in the other direction.

DO THE SHUFFLE. Shuffle the feet so they never leave the ground and walk in opposition.

DO THE SKATE. This is like “Do the Shuffle,” but with long, skatelike strides in opposition.

PENGUIN WALKING. Put the heels together and point the toes outward. Keep the feet on the floor and waddle forward by rock- ing side to side.

PIGEON WALKING. Point toes together (pigeon-toed), keeping legs straight, and walk in opposition.

KNOCK-KNEED. Point the knees toward each other so they are touching and walk in opposition. (It may be easier to start chil- dren off with a soft toy or foam ball trapped between the knees, so they feel the need to keep the knees turned in.)

DUCK WALKING. Crouch down low with legs out to the side and the bottom between the legs. Walk in opposition. (Don’t for- get to quack!)

CROSS-WALKING. Walk in opposition, crossing one foot over the other. Note: This requires advanced midline development, so it may be difficult for early walkers to attempt.

And of course, don’t forget to do all these moves backward, too!