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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: 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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Movement Monday: Animal Game

5This animal game is sure to be a hit in you classroom.  Several years ago I created a movement curriculum for an Obesity Prevention program that was used throughout classrooms in Napa, California.  This game was always a hit with the kids and easy for teachers to pick up and use again and again. So here it is, this weeks Movement Monday:

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Movement Monday: Stretches

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Another favorite of mine.  This is a great daily stretching song to do.  It gets the kids moving, singing and thinking.  Start off just doing one or two movements adding an additional movement each time you sing the song.  After doing the song for a while ask older kids what they would like to move and how to move it.

Just Like Me

Raise your arms just like me, just like me, just like me

Raise your arms just like me

Together today

Other Ideas:

Touch Your Toes…

Twist Your Body…

Shrug your Shoulders…

Turn your Head…

Ask children what else they can move

Movement Monday: How Would You Move?

Movement Monday, Early Childhood, Movement Games, Teaching, Young ChildrenHow Would You Move If….

The floor was all sticky because someone spilled glue?

The floor was full of sand because a sand truck spilled?

The floor was very bouncy because there are 100 bouncy balls all over it?

The floor is ice and it is very slippery?

The floor has thorns all over it, its very prickly?

Put these and more on index cards or poster board for a quick movement game.  Questions like these get children thinking, using their imagination, and making connections.

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