Get Kids Moving with Animal Activity Dice
Our beautiful babies are amazing but they sure have some insane energy, don’t they? Sounds like it’s time to get kids moving! Let’s work out some of that hype by exercising their bodies and imaginations with Animal Activity Dice!
The Animal Activity Dice consist of two cubes, one with different animals on the faces and one with activities. When your child rolls the dice, they then act out whatever they land on. Such as, a skipping elephant. Or a singing fish. What crazy combinations! It’ll be so much fun to watch, and play along with!
One part charades, one part jungle party! It’s time to use those imaginations!
Print Your Animal Activity Cubes
There are two cubes in the four page template, located in my resource library. You can print on regular copy paper, but your cubes may be a bit flimsy and hard to roll around. Especially for kids. I suggest using cardstock. I used white, but you can use colored cardstock for extra flair! So print those lovelies out and let’s get to work!
Cut Out Your Animal Activity Dice
Cut the pieces out along the outside lines. You’ll have just one big piece for each printed sheet.
Big dice are more fun for kids, so I divided each cube into two pieces in order to get these templates as large as I could for you. That means, the first thing we want to do is put the cubes back together. Mend it, mama!
The tab I added to connect the two pieces was an afterthought when I decided to split them, so it looks different than the others. Plus it has corners rather than diagonals. This is the tab we want to focus on. For the animal dice, the tab on the Snake square will connect with the bottom of the Fish square. Like so…
With the activity dice, the tab is on the Stomp square, to connect with the bottom of the Sing square. Make sure you lay your pieces out to match mine so everything will move in the right direction.
Then move the top piece down to cover the connecting tab. Just worry about one cube at a time right now. My photos are just for your reference.
Now hold the pieces together and flip them over. On the backside, tape that tab down tight in place on the second piece.
Fold Your Animal Activity Dice
Time to fold! I promise this is more fun than folding laundry.
You want to fold every black line down. If you want to hold the piece in your hands and fold, that will work. I found it easiest to lay the paper printed side down and fold the edges up. You can use a ruler to help keep your lines straight. Then also use it to press down and make the creases sharp.
Once you’ve folded down the connecting tab we taped previously (the front of it will be floppy and unconnected), put a piece of tape on the corner it creates. Keep the edges tight together and forming a corner when you slap that tape on. My tape is clearer than I thought and it’s difficult to see, but it’s there. Now that corner is sturdy.
Continue bending and folding down until the edges have been done.
Unlike laundry, we actually have reached the end of our folding!
Make Your Animal Activity Dice
This part is fun. Pull up two sides and their edges will pop together all nice and neat. One square’s tab will line up alongside the other square, all ready to go. How polite!
Just like the previous corner we did, put a long piece of tape along the edge where those sides meet. There we go, Elephant and Bird. Together forever!
The two end pieces on the other side will lift up and fit together neatly as well. Match them up just the same and tape away. You can press from the inside to make sure your tape is secure. And there we have it. Two ends of our cube.
Now the easy part is over. The horror! You’ll be just fine, though. We just have to be a little more patient and creative now. We got this.
Fold these two ends you made over onto each other. Just follow the creases you made. All the folded lines should be folded in. The only thing you need to worry about is the tabs. Make sure they’re all tucked in to the side next to it. No tabs on the outside. Tuck ‘em!
Then we tape the edges just like before. Since we can’t create any counter pressure from the inside, try pinching and sliding your fingers along the edge. Don’t pinch it like a cute baby cheek or something that might crush your paper. Just enough to really get that tape to stick.
Tape up all loose edges. Go, go, go! Lookit that! You have a cube!
That’s so much fun. We made a 3-D object out of paper!
Ready to do it again? Take a break. Enjoy a fruity drink and watch some Netflix. Oh, what’s that? You have kids and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is on the TV? Right. Well, go sit and snuggle those babies for a minute and rest.
Then follow the same directions and make your second cube!
Get Kids Moving!
Once your dice are made, throw them down and make some fun time happen! Let those imaginations take over. I would love to see different kids’ idea of how a snake stomps or a fish dances! Because there are no limitations in the minds of these cuties.
Let the good times roll!