Creative Movement

Who says you need music to get children moving and grooving? Creative movement activities help your child develop motor skills as well as balance and coordination.

  1. Sticky Balls

    Activity for a group of children
    Age group: 30–40 months
    Duration of activity: 20 minutes

    This silly activity encourages cooperation and helps develop motor skills.

    1. Have the children all bounce around in a defined area.

    2. When two children meet, they stick together and bounce together.

    3. Continue until all the children are stuck in one large ball.

  2. Fun Walk

    Activity for an individual child
    Age group: 18–40 months
    Duration of activity: 10 minutes

    Children of all ages will want to try this activity. What other surfaces can you think of to include?

    1. Tape a strip of clear contact paper onto the floor, sticky side up.

    2. Stick a path of bubble-wrap packing material onto the contact paper.

    3. Have your child remove his shoes and socks before stepping on the bubble-wrap path. You may need to hold his hand to help him with balance.

  3. Buzzing Bee

    Activity for the individual child
    Age group: 18–30 months
    Duration of activity: 10 minutes

    This activity is meant to help children with separation issues. You can dream up many potential variations. For example, you can be the moon and your child can be a spaceship. Or perhaps you are a gas station and your child is a car.

    1. You are the flower, so you sit or stand in one place.

    2. Your child is the bee who can buzz all around you and return for pollen!

  4. Flying

    Activity for the individual child
    Age group: 18–40 months
    Duration of activity: 10 minutes

    This activity is best when your child has lots of room to move.

    Chant the following rhyme, and teach your toddler the movements to go along with the words:

    The airplane has great big wings

    (arms outstretched)

    Its propeller spins around and sings

    (spin arms)

    The airplane goes up

    (arms up)

    The airplane goes down

    (arms down)

    The airplane goes through clouds all over town.

    (“fly” around)

  5. Punchinello

    Activity for a group of children
    Age group: 30–40 months
    Duration of activity: 15 minutes

    Try this “Monkey see, monkey do” activity the next time you have a bunch of young, restless children to entertain.

    1. Have children form a circle. Ask one child to stand in the center as the leader, Punchinello.

    2. The children in the circle sing the following song:

      What can you do, Punchinello, funny fellow, funny fellow?

      What can you do, Punchinello, funny fellow, funny you?

    3. The child in the center makes a movement. All the others imitate him while they sing:

      We can do it too Punchinello, funny fellow, funny fellow.

      We can do it too, funny fellow, funny you.

    4. The child in the middle picks a new Punchinello. Continue until everyone has had a turn.

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