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Bear Crawl


Physical: balance on all fours, upper and lower limb coordination

Cognitive: sustained attention, selective attention

Social: awareness of personal space if doing with more than one child

Number of participants:

1 or more




  1. child walks on their hands and feet, like a bear

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the task:

  • decrease distance to crawl on all fours to decrease physical demand
  • have child assume and hold the bear crawl position without moving forwards to decrease physical demand 

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the task:

  • increase distance to crawl on all fours to increase physical demand 
  • have the child do the bear crawl backwards to increase physical and cognitive demand

Goal examples:

  • I will crawl on all fours for 30 seconds, 3 times in a row
  • I can crawl on my hands and knees