Movement Activities

Kindergarten & Pre-K Movement Activities for physical, social, and emotional development in early childhood. Fun for parents, educators & children.

How to Steal a March #3: Movement Activities Build Brain Power

March is a great month because it urges action and movement activities build brain power. Just in case you didn’t know or you need a reminder, kids love to move and be active. More than that, they absolutely need to. Vigorous exercise is great not only for bodies but also brains, building pathways and connections for thinking.

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1, 2,3 Whee, what can your child’s day include? Some time in the playground invites climbing, running, swinging, sliding and more. A ball and a backyard or other space is perfect for throwing, kicking, and chasing around. This can be done in the rain even with rubber boots. A walk around the block invites balancing on low fences and walls. Is there a skating rink or swimming pool in your neighborhood? Movement activities outside include the benefits of sun and fresh air. balance activities for kids

For inside, it sure would be nice if gyms were available in neighborhoods but communities sometimes have gym space available for parent and tot programs. In some houses, a big open space isn’t part of the design. A hallway is often overlooked but it can work. Foam mats are quite inexpensive and kids can do a variety of exercises as well, as moving how they want.  Inside movement activities sometimes challenge us to be more creative. Turn the kitchen chairs upside down and let kids crawl underneath. Two or three of them in a row make a fun tunnel for crawling or slithering. Put on some music or a dance video and both you and your child can enjoy some movin’ and groovin’.movement activities

The expression, “stealing a march on someone,” means to gain an advantage. Movement activities build brain power. By making sure to include some form of vigorous physical activity everyday, your child can “steal a march.” What will your movement play be today?


Kids Valentine Movement Activities – Kids Love to Move!

Q. What do kids love? A. They love to move.
valentine movement gameIt’s needed to grow both bodies and minds. Here are some ideas for kids valentine movement activities.

Kids seem to have more energy than grownups and directing it can be a challenge. This is a sort of question and answer game using all the different ways that animals move.. Adults ask the question, and kids do the actions.

Q. What do kangaroos love? A. They love to jump.
Kids get to jump all around. When they’ve had enough jumping, ask some other questions.

Q. What do fish love? A. They love to swim.
Of course, kids can wiggle around the floor as they swim.

Q. What do bunnies love? A. They love hopping.
Hop, hop, hop, little bunnies.

Q. What do birds love? A. They love to fly around.
Q. What do horses love? A. They love to gallop.

This next one is really useful:
Q. What do dogs love? A. They love to fetch.
Open the lid to the toybox and have the kids ‘fetch’ the toys on the floor.

If it seems time for a quiet break, try cats:
Q. What do cats love? A. They love to sit and lick their paws and then stretch out and have a nap, zzzzz.

Instead of just animals, use machines for turning chores into fun.

Q. What do vacuums love? A. They love to vacuum the floor.

Q. What do washing machines love. A. They love to clean dirty clothes.
Round up the laundry and pop it in.

Q. What do sinks and dishwashers love? A. They love soapy water to do the dishes.

Q. What do ovens love? A. They love to bake a batch of cookies.

This is the best one and you can use it often: Q. What do I love? A. HUGS. Lots and lots of hugs!

Q. Are these kids valentine movement activities fun for you and your child?


Kids Christmas Movement Activities – Fun and Play

Today’s fun and play is kids Christmas movement activities. December is such a busy month we sometimes end up being like the Gingerbread man, on the run. Let’s start there. Gingerbread men can be boys or girls. kids movement activities

In the Gingerbread man, a little old lady makes a gingerbread man cookie, but the cookie jumps out of the oven and runs away. He calls to everyone chasing him, “Run, run as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man.” If you have access to a big safe space outside, like a yard, playground or park, dress kids for the weather and let them go out and pretend to be the gingerbread man. They can run and run as fast as they can.

Gingerbread kids needs someone to chase them, so you may need to call from the sidelines with suggestions of who’s chasing them. “Now, it’s the farmer chasing the gingerbread man.” You can make up lots of chasers not just the ones in the story, like the farmer, the cow, the horse, the sheep, the goat, the bunny, the dog, the cat, the elephant, the bus, the train, the dentist, and anything else. This should wear off some energy and give kids a chance to move their bodies vigorously. A hallway inside a house will do if the weather outside is frightful. Of course, you can chase if you need to move too.

Kids can also pretend to be the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh. They fly around. But what if the reindeer aren’t available? What would happen if Santa needed kangaroos? The kangaroos would hop around. Name some other animals and ask kids to show you how those ones would pull the sleigh. Elephants would take big steps. Dinosaurs would take huge ones. Bunnies are smaller than kangaroos so bunny hops would be pretty small. Fish or whales would swim the sleigh. Birds also fly around while horses gallop. Once the kids, or you, need a break, suggest turtles, who pull the sleigh very, very slowly. These can be done inside the house on a mat.

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Some other kids Christmas movement activities and ideas for movin’ and groovin’ could be to move like toy soldiers. They march around. The train in The Little Engine That Could had to climb a steep mountain and it was such hard work to pull all the cars full of toys. For this, kids need to move like they are pulling a heavy load. How does Santa move with a sack that’s full of toys? Elves scurry back and forth. For a rest, Christmas trees stand as tall as they can be and stay very still.

Adults may not need vigorous physical activity, but kids do. Could these kids Christmas movement activities be part of the fun and play at your house today?



Dragon Movement Activities with Moats (Hula Hoops & Mini-Trampolines)

These dragon movement activities sort of take us full circle back to the beginning of the month when we started our dinovember dragon fun and learning. No warm-up needed but get dragon roars ready. Little Sister is using her dragon cape but dress-up isn’t needed either. What shape is a moat? Well, no matter its … Continue reading Dragon Movement Activities with Moats (Hula Hoops & Mini-Trampolines)

Dragon Playground Activities Inspired by The Paper Bag Princess

The children’s book, The Paper Bag Princess, by Robert Munsch inspires some dragon playground activities for kids and dragons for today’s play-of-the-day. Dragons can sleep for years and years but they also travel great distances. In this story, a dragon burns all of Princess Elizabeth’s clothes and captures her Prince Ronald. All she has left … Continue reading Dragon Playground Activities Inspired by The Paper Bag Princess

Before I Go to Kindergarten #10: Physical Development for Kids

Physical development for kids can vary greatly, especially during the preschool years of 0 to 5, but follows a similar pattern and sequence. The milestone, “I can hop on 1 foot, jump, and run, is quite general. It is only meant as a guideline not as something kids have to do by the end of … Continue reading Before I Go to Kindergarten #10: Physical Development for Kids

Kids Movement Activities for the Gold – Olympic Games #7

Watching Simone Biles’ gold-medal gymnastic floor performance was inspiring. For a play-of-the-day kids movement activities get the gold. As a young child, Simone Biles apparently liked to jump off the furniture and do flips, despite reminders the house wasn’t a playground. How many of us say the same thing? Later, Aimee Boorman one of her … Continue reading Kids Movement Activities for the Gold – Olympic Games #7

The Value of Sports for Kids – 1, 2, 3, Let’s PLAY !

During a radio interview, an Olympic athlete talked about the value of sports for kids, not it terms of competition but participation. Playing sports is a way to play. The list of reasons why sports is beneficial for kids is a long one. One of the most obvious is the physical activity. Kids love and … Continue reading The Value of Sports for Kids – 1, 2, 3, Let’s PLAY !

Transportation Activities #17: Transportation Yoga

Yesterday was International Yoga Day  which inspired a transportation yoga play-of-the-day for kids. Even if neither of you have done yoga before. These are some simple yoga poses suggested by a yoga teacher and preschool educator.: Car: Kids sit on the floor with their legs straight out in front of them. Before driving, they buckle … Continue reading Transportation Activities #17: Transportation Yoga