Polar Bear Growls Exercise for Kids {FREE Printable}

Do you want a fun way for your kids or students to be active? This polar bear growls exercise goes with my polar bear growls dice printable and also goes well with my penguin waddles exercise & dice printable. The two exercises add fun and movement to learning the differences between Arctic and Antarctic animals. And both are great for kids, families, and groups to do together.

Polar Bear Growls Exercise for Kids {FREE Printable}

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POLAR BEAR GROWLS EXERCISE FOR KIDS – YOUTUBE VIDEO

My 3-year-old niece, Zoey, demonstrates the polar bear growls exercise with me in this video! Zoey had fun growling! {{Note: For more polar bear activities and free printables, see Arctic Sensory Bin with Vocabulary or Grammar ActivityFree Arctic Animal Printables and Montessori-Inspired Arctic Animal ActivitiesFree Arctic Animal Cutting Strips (Montessori-Inspired Instant Download), and Free Polar Bear Do-a-Dot Printable (Montessori-Inspired Instant Download).}

Watch or work out to the Polar Bear Growls Exercise for Kids YouTube video!

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POLAR BEAR GROWLS EXERCISE

The polar bear growls exercise for kids is focused on full-body movement, coordination, posture, core strength, strength, control, balance, and physical fitness.

When performing the polar bear growls exercise with kids, it’s important to keep these in mind:

  1. Introduce body movement. Have the child squat down like he or she is sitting back into a chair. Then have the child push through the heels to stand tall.
  2. Introduce polar bear arms and hands separately. The child will reach hands toward the ground and then up toward the ceiling. You can help the child place hands and arms to help him or her feel the hand and arms placement as well as understand the exercise better.
  3. Add arms and body movement together. Have the child do steps 1 and 2 together.
  4. Add calve raises (More Advanced). Add lifting heels by pushing off heels onto the balls of the feet. This will challenge the balance more.
  5. Focus on fun and controlled range of motion. This exercise is meant to be fun and to do as large of movements as much as possible while maintaining control.
  6. Remind kids about using good posture and engaging abdominals. Encourage kids to make themselves as tall as possible by bringing their head closer to the ceiling and pulling their belly button in toward the back wall (drawing their belly button into their spine), and keep good posture throughout the exercise. It can be tough to maintain good posture as they get tired, but good posture increases the effectiveness immensely. It will also help prevent injury.
  7. Encourage kids to keep trying. As long as they are trying and moving, encourage them! This will help them gain confidence. Then you can begin to refine the movement as confidence increases.

PROGRESSIONS OF THE POLAR BEAR GROWLS EXERCISE FOR KIDS

When it’s apparent that your child is ready to progress to a more difficult version of the polar bear growls exercise, here are some progressions to try while performing the exercise:

  1. Increase range of movement. Make the movement bigger by going as low and as high as possible.
  2. Balance longer on the balls of the feet during the growling part.
  3. Increase quickness.
  4. Increase repetitions. For older kids and adults, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division can be done with the dice to increase repetitions, focus on educational skills, and make the game more interesting.


HOW TO DO THE POLAR BEAR GROWLS DICE FITNESS GAME

First download the free Polar Bear Growls Dice Printable below. Then print out and tape or glue together the dice printable or print out and put the dice printable inserts in the differentiated instruction cube/photo cube.

This fitness game can be done with one or more kids of all ages and adults. If two or more are playing this fitness game, you can alternate rolling the dice and doing the exercise individually, or you can alternate who rolls the dice and everyone playing can do the exercise each time.

My niece, Zoey, loves to alternate when doing the exercise {Auntie Chrissy (me), Grandma (my mom), and then Zoey}! She will also take out the dice and play it on her own if she’s at Grandma’s (my mom and dad’s) and I’m not there.

  1. Figure out where you will do the dice fitness game.
  2. Roll the dice.
  3. Have the child count the number of dots on the dice that the dice has landed on.
  4. Do Polar Bear Growls for that number of times. For example, if the dice landed on 5, you will do a polar bear growls 5 times.
  5. Continue this game for a specific number of rounds, length of time, or other specified amount. You can also do this dice fitness game for the specified duration, followed by one or more of my other dice fitness games that you can find below.

If I’m with Zoey, she usually likes to do multiple dice fitness games together! We typically have four fitness dice available on her shelves at all times. We use the differentiated instruction cubes/photo cubes.

FREE POLAR BEAR GROWLS DICE PRINTABLE {FITNESS & COUNTING INSTANT DOWNLOAD}

FREE Penguin Waddles Dice Printable {Fitness & Counting Instant Download}

You can get a free, instant download of my Polar Bear Growls Dice and Differentiated Instruction Cube (photo cube) printables!

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DICE FITNESS GAMES

Here’s a Dice Fitness Game I created for kids and adults that uses regular dice!

Dice Fitness Game

HAVE FUN!

This is a full-body exercise that uses a big range of movement. The growls make the exercise especially fun for kids!

Have you, your child(ren), or your students tried the polar bear growls exercise? What other exercises or types of exercises would you like tutorials on?

Have fun!

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  1. 2.19.17
    Crystal said:

    You two make a cute team! I love your Printable cube exercises! What a fabulous idea!! Think I will show PJ

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