Movement Monday: Using Props Part 3-Bean Bags

3Continuing with props, this week we will look at movement games incorporating bean bags.  Props help children develop their hand-eye coordination as well as fine and gross motor skills.

Oopsies…I need help

Lets get ready for my new game.  Everyone put your bean bag on your shoulder.

On my start cue, start walking in our play area.  If your bean bag falls off you must freeze and yell “Oopsies, I need help” Continue reading

Movement Monday: Using Props Part 2-Balls

2Last week we looked at movement games using hula hoops as a prop.  This week we will look at a few simple games using different types of balls.  Enjoy!


Over/Under Game

Have children stand in a line.  Remind children that the balls cant touch the floor and to watch for the ball in front of them.  Start with a small ball passing over your head all the way to the end of the line and then through your legs.  Next try a large beach ball over our head and then through your legs.  Ask children which was more difficult.  Continue with different types and sizes of balls.


Clean Your Room

Divide group in half. Divide area in half using cones or poly spots.  Explain that each group is in their room and that the line is the wall.  Ask kids if they can walk through a wall.  Remind them that they need to stay on their side of the wall.  Make each side messy by dropping fluff balls onto the floor.  The object of the game is to have the cleanest room.  When I say Go you need to throw your balls onto the other side.  You need to move quickly.  Remind the children to stand up when they throw and model that when throwing standing up the ball will travel farther.  Stop periodically to clean the wall off by telling the kids to freeze and drop any balls they have in their hands.

Continue as long as the kids a enjoying the game.  When finished encourage children to put away the fluff balls by color.



Materials: 1 small ball per child

Designate a starting and ending point, and ask child to move from one end to the other jumping while holding a ball between their knees.  If they drop the ball, they must pick it up, put it back and start jumping again.

Movement Monday: Using Props Part 1

Movement Monday, Early Childhood, Movement Games, Teaching, Young Children

Using props is a great way to mix up your gross motor/physical activity time.  Many props can be made easily such as sock balls or bean bags.  Hoops can also easily be made using plastic piping and fittings from a hardware store.  This weeks Movement Games use hoops as a prop.

Musical Hula Hoops

Place at least 6 hoops on the floor throughout your space.  More hoops needed if large group.

Explain that when the music plays they are going to dance or hop around the classroom, when the music stops they must find a hoop and stand inside.  Emphasis that they must share the hoop with their friends.  When you start playing the music again take away one hoop each time.  Stop when 2 hoops remain.  If you have lots of students, tell them as the hoops go down that you just want their hand in the hoop or one foot, not their whole body.


Here Comes the Fox

Today we are all pretending to be little rabbits.  Your hoop is now your rabbit hole
Pretend we are in the forest.  On my START cue, jump happily in our forest
When you hear “Here comes the Fox” Jump back into your bunny hole
Ready, jump happily in our little forest.


Drive your Car/Plane

Stand inside your hoop holding it around your body.

On START pretend to drive your car/fly your plane.

Make car/plane noises, but be sure you can here the STOP cue.

Make sure you don’t run into another car/plane

If you do, you must come over to me at the garage and watch the safe drivers for a while.

Remember to practice safe driving!



We will all pretend to be bridges today.  Our bodies can make a bridge.

We will make the first bridge inside our hoop

To be a bridge stand with your feet slightly apart, bend over slowly and place your hands on the ground, belly button facing the ground

I see so many bridges, I think I need to count them.  Stay in your bridge and help me count

Can you make a bridge outside of your hoop?

Can you make the bridge part inside and part outside of the hoop?

Ready to try something very tricky?  Who can make a bridge and lift up a leg?

Movement Monday: Line Boogie

Line Boogie, ECE, Movement game, Preschool, Play, Music, SongLine Boogie-Best for children 3-6

Setting up:

Arrange children in a line, place a hoop or bucket on the ground at the beginning full of bean bags and an empty one at the end of the line

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Sensory Sunday: Painting Fun!

Painting, Sensory, Recipes, ECE, PreschoolLast week I shared a great no cook play dough recipe.  This week we turn to painting.  Here are two simple, but different paints to try out.  These are good for all ages.

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Song of the Week: Goodbye Songs

Song of the Week, Preschool, Toddlers,, Music, ECE, PlaySome of you may run half day programs or do a closing circle.  Both of these goodbye songs are great ways to wrap up the day and say goodbye to your little ones.  The first song is also a great one for infants and toddlers who may be starting to wave!

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