Arctic Edition: Mother May I? Gross Motor Game

Welcome to another TeachECE Wednesday post. I hope that you enjoyed your holiday break. For our first week back the theme is Tundra (What is that?). I chose to do a spin off of an old game that I use to play as a child that had lots of movement, counting and question asking. It really is a great gross motor game that your child will have lots of fun playing and if you’re having a bad day…. Just try it out and see if your day is still bad after.

Have you ever played Mother may I? Then you know the basic rules. The only change I made to it was they were only allowed to use arctic animals movements. If you don’t know the rules then read below. This was fun for the girls and got them to really move. Make sure you have a clear space where you want to play this gross motor game.


Someone has to be the mother and they stand at one end of the room. The others are the children and they stand at the opposite end of the room.
Oldest starts the game that way the younger can learn so when their turn come up it’s a bit easier on you.

The child asks the question “Mother may I take X amount Size and animal steps?
The mother then answers with ” Yes or No, you may or may not take repeat steps.

How many baby polar bear steps can you take

So the game goes a little something like this.

Child: Mother may I take 2 baby polar bear steps?
Mother: Yes, you may take 2 baby polar bear steps?

Waddl like a penguin is a great move for this fun gross motor activity.

Now there are times when the mother would want to say yes but don’t agree with the number of steps or the size or animal. So she can change any of that to fit her need.

Child: Mother may I take 6 adult seal belly crawls?
Mother: No, you may not take 6 adult seal belly crawls, but you can take 6 baby penguin steps.

The point of the game is for one of the children to reach the mother first and take her place.

This gross motor game got out of hand and we all ended up on the floor laughing and having fun. I recommend this game if you and your kids are having a bad day and you need some laughs.

Arctic animal spin to the classic gross motor game Mother May I



Last week we watched a lot of videos. Some we have seen many times over and a few new ones were added to our playlist from last year. There were not many songs that we could find but, at least, the informational videos weren’t all duds for my kids.


A Few Good Books

These books have been working for us for a while. Our National Geographic Readers book has been through the wringer. All these books are good to use if you want to come up with activities and crafts for the kids to do. They seem to always spark the kids and my imagination.


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Looking For More Polar Activities

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Home-made Books: Tundra by Powerful Mothering

Arctic Animals Writing Prompts by The Educators’ Spin On It

Why Are Polar Bears White? | Animal Adaptations on the Arctic Tundra by Raising Lifelong Learners

Tundra Animal Sharing and Halving by Rainy Day Mum

Arctic Edition, Mother May I Gross Motor Game by Tiny Tots Adventures

Arctic Animal Matching Games by Life Over C’s

Arctic Animals Preschool Science:  Blubber and Ice Explorations! By The Preschool Toolbox Blog

Science Fun-Learning About the Woolly Bear Caterpillar by Capri + 3

Arctic Preschool Letter Hunt by Learning 2 Walk

Polar Bear Sound Activity by Growing Book by Book

9 Responses to Arctic Edition: Mother May I? Gross Motor Game

  1. Cerys says:

    This looks to be a lot of fun and a great way to get moving especially if it’s cold outside

  2. Theresa says:

    What a great way to get exercise while thinking about the way that different Arctic animals move. The video is very informative too.
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  3. Jodie says:

    I forgot about that game. We used to play it when I was little. I especially like the tundra twist. Thanks!
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  4. alecia says:

    My kids really need gross motor movements this time of year. And they LOVE themes like polar bears! Thanks for the great idea.

  5. Emma says:

    We used to play Mother May I? at recess! I love the arctic edition! Thanks for sharing at the Thoughtful Spot!
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  6. A great game! Thanks for sharing on #ToddlerFunFriday

  7. This is a fun way to update a classic game! I haven’t played Mother, May I in forever! Thanks for sharing at the Laugh and Learn linky. I’ll be featuring you this week. 🙂

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