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STEAL THE BACON
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 2 hula hoops on one side with item inside Center line Try to get other side’s item without getting tagged. If tagged, you go to “jail” or out. If a team mate comes to rescue you from the other side, you’re back in play. Must hold hands in order to be safe.
RED LIGHT GREEN LIGHT
1. 2. 3. 4. Choose one player to be Red Light. He should stand about 25 yards from the other players, with his back turned to them. The other players should be lined up shoulder to shoulder behind him. Their goal is to try to get close enough to tap Red Light on the shoulder, but they can move only when he says, "Green Light."To begin play, Red Light closes his eyes and yells, "Green Light!" 5. Players then run at top speed toward him until he yells, "Red Light!" and turns around as fast as he can. The instant the other players hear "Red Light!" they must stop running. 6. 7. Anyone Red Light sees still moving when he turns around must return to the starting line. This sequence is repeated until a player gets close enough to tap Red Light on the shoulder when his back is turned. This player wins and becomes the next Red Light.
SHARKS & MINNOWS
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. Pick 1 “shark” player for every 15-20 players Start the “shark” player(s) on the center line every round One round = The referee says: “GO!” and the minnows run from one end of the playing field to the other and stop once they cross the designated line or touch the wall The object of the game is for the minnows (the WHOLE group) to get from one side of the playing area to the other side of the playing area without getting tagged by the “shark” player(s) If a “minnow” player gets tagged by the “shark” player(s), then that player becomes “seaweed” which means they have to stand where they were tagged, put their arms out and be in the way of the minnows being chased by the shark (s) from one end to the other “Seaweed” players are allowed to turn around and face the direction the “minnow” players are coming, but cannot move around and chase like the “shark” player(s) can Play as many rounds as it takes to have as many “minnow” players as you started with “shark” player(s). The winning “minnow” player(s) become the new “shark” players for the next game!
JOHNNY CROSS MY OCEAN
1. Two sides 2. One person says “Johnny cross my ocean if …..(you had eggs for breakfast), (wearing green), etc. Two taggers call. 3. Person tries to cross over without getting tagged.
Around Under Over Up Down in & out through
Items: tunnel, slides, climbers, cones, balance beam, pool noodles, play house, around swings, teeter totter, etc.
Needed: • Stopwatch • Whistle Activity: Race– timed with a stopwatch!
Needed: • parachute
Activity: Touch the sky!' - everyone raise the parachute up as high as they can 'Touch the floor' - bring it down to the ground 'Wave!' - flap the parachute in the air 'Foot inside!'- everyone put one foot under the canopy 'Walk!' - the group walks round in a circle 'Underneath!'- all children run under the parachute
Needed: • Parachute Parachute Games More Games
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Ball Roll Waves Mushroom Roll balls Popcorn Washing Machine Row, Row, Row Your Boat
HIDE & SEEK
Everyone hide! One seeks.
FOLLOW THE LEADER
• Assign one leader and several followers. You should have at least three players for a good game of Follow the Leader. Tell the leader to start doing something. He can walk, run, dance, sing, talk or do any activity or combination of activities he wants to do, in any order he wants. • Instruct the rest of the players to follow the leader, doing whatever the leader does exactly the way she does it. Anyone who doesn't follow exactly is out of the game. • Signal the end of the game when only person is left following the leader. That person then becomes the leader of the next game.
Needed: balls basket hula hoop partner Activity: • throw ball in a basket • throw through a hula hoop • throw to a friend
One or two soft balls Players stand in a circle. The starting player throws a ball to a teammate who is not standing directly beside him. The catcher then tosses the ball across the circle to a third player. When everyone has received the ball once, it will have traveled in a fivepointed star pattern. Players continue to toss the ball in this pattern, always throwing to the same teammate, until they have mastered it. Then, they add another ball or object to the mix. The challenge is to see how many balls the group can juggle at one time, and for how long, without dropping or missing throws.
Toddlers follow directions, use eye hand coordination and gross motor skills when they bowl during outdoor play. Materials: Empty 2 liter soda bottles and balls. Description: Teachers set up plastic bottles like bowling pins, have toddlers use a lightweight plastic ball to roll from a short distance to knock the bottles down. This will be best accomplished by showing them, the first time, what you want them to do. The bottles do not have to be set up in a specific way so try to get the toddlers to help set up as well as bowl.
LET’S GET MOVING! MATS
Needed: • Activity mats • Space to move Activity: Children skip, squat and Stretch their way to coordination and physical fitness
Needed: • variety of bikes, push toys, ride ons • safe place to ride Activity: Ride bikes, race, trade bikes, have fun!
• • • Flyswatter bubbles Individual bubble bottles Bubble machine
Needed: Soft Frisbee discs Activity: Toss Frisbee, retrieve, repeat
Needed: Chalk, sidewalk or driveway Activity: • hopscotch • writing the alphabet • write your name • trace our body outline • make bike “roads” • sidewalk cornstarch paint
Needed: • Bean bags • small balls • hula hoops • basket • Child safe lawn darts Activity: Toss or kick ball into goal or through target
Needed: Just yourself! Activity: Pretend to be a crab and race to the finish line!
Great for encouraging running or on a windy day
DUCK, DUCK GOOSE
Needed: Space to run. Activity: Everyone sits in a circle on the floor. One person is the "goose" and the rest are the "ducks." The goose walks around the outside of the circle, patting each duck on the head and saying "Duck." The player touches someone's head and says, "Goose!" The tagged duck gets up and chases the goose around the circle. The goose tries to get back around to the empty seat and sit down before being tagged. If successful, the goose rejoins the seated ducks and the new goose now starts the game again. If the first goose is tagged, he or she sits in the center of the circle as the game goes on. As more people get tagged, the circle gets tighter and the chase gets tighter! The last person standing is the goose.
Tips for adults: This game can be played indoors or out, but if you're inside, make sure the room is safe for running kids. Although this can be a competitive game, keep the mood light by asking everyone to quack like a duck (or honk like a goose) and waddle like a duck. Try different animals and practice their sounds and walks while playing.
Needed: Any number of children. Space to run. Activity: 1. One player is chosen to be "Mr. Wolf" and will be stand a distance away from the rest with his/her back facing them. 2. The other players would then call out "What's the time, Mr. Wolf?" 3. Mr. Wolf will shout out a time (For example, 5 o'clock) and the players would take 5 steps forward. 4. This goes on until "Mr. Wolf" decides to shout "DINNER TIME". When this happens, "Mr. Wolf" would turn back and start chasing the other players who will be running back to the starting line. 5. When he/she catches someone before they reach the finishing line, that person will then become "Mr. Wolf".
MUSICAL HULA HOOPS
Needed: Several hula hoops Activtity: Play just like musical chairs only have children dance around several hula-hoops as you play music for them. When the music stops everyone must run and get into a hula-hoop. The catch is that no one looses because more than one kid can get into one hula-hoop.
Needed: Space to move, two or more children. Activity: 1. Two or more children form a train and chug around the yard, maintaining contact by keeping both hands on the hips or shoulders of the child in front of them. 2. Cars begin to link together until there is one big train moving in unison. 3. The train can go up a steep hill really slowly, swoosh down the hill, go backwards, make train noises and squat down to go through a low tunnel.
BALANCE & FLEXIBILITY SKILLS KIT ACTIVITIES
INDOOR MUSIC & MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES
Needed: • Dance music Kids Dance Party by Party Cats • Space to move Activity: •
I LIKE TO MOVE IT!
Needed: • I Like to Move It song from Madagascar • Space to move Activity: •
WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?
Needed: • Who Let the Dogs Out song • Space to move Activity: • •
Dance! Act like dogs
Needed: • YMCA song from Kids Dance Party CD • Space to move Activity: •
Needed: • Super Simple Songs #3 CD/Download • Space to move Activity: •
Do the Pinocciho
COTTON EYED JOE
Needed: • Cotton Eyed Joe Song Dance music Kids Dance Party by Party Cats • Space to move Activity: •
Around Under Over Up Down in & out through
Items: tables, chairs, collapsable tunnel, pop up tent, stools, blocks, cones, down hall, around room, etc. Be creative!
EGG & SPOON GAME
Needed: • • Activity: • • • Egg & Spoon set Bucket Race to the bucket Pick up your egg and spoon. Walk back to the line without dropping your egg off the spoon.
Needed: What you need: Just people to play. Activity: First, choose one player to be Simon. Simon stands in front of the group,
while the rest of the players stand facing him. The object of the game for Simon is to eliminate players from the round by tricking them into disobeying his commands. The object of the game for the players is to stay in the round until they’re the last one remaining. So Simon gets to give commands in two formats. He can say a command with the words “Simon says” before it, like this: “Simon says touch your toes!” “Simon says jump in the air!” “Simon says put your arms up!”
BEAN BAG TOSS
Needed: • • • bean bags basket or bean bag board
Activity: • toss bean bags to target
Needed: colored activity scarves or playsilks music: o Let’s Go Fly A Kite o Over the Rainbow o Under the Sea
IDEAS FROM PRE-KINDERS
I play clips of music with varying tempos for the children to do creative movement with the scarves. I sometimes use classical music, but the children also enjoy it when I put on Disney music. Some examples of Disney music tempos: SOFT AND SLOW: A Whole New World (Aladdin), Candle on the Water (Pete’s Dragon), When You Wish Upon a Star, Someday My Prince Will Come, Once Upon a Dream (Sleeping Beauty), God Help the Outcasts (Hunchback of Notre Dame), Colors of the Wind (Pocahontas).
FAST AND UPBEAT: Everybody Wants to Be a Cat (Aristocats), I Wanna Be Like You (Jungle Book), Mickey Mouse Club March, It’s a Small World, Bare Necessities (Jungle Book), Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Under the Sea (Little Mermaid), Hakuna Matata (Lion King). Musical Scarves & Activities by Kimbo.
Needed: Space to move. Call out the name of an animal, such as horse, and have the children move like that animal. When you call out “Nighttime” the children pretend to “go to sleep.” When you call out the next animal name, the children get up and move again.
1. 2. Form a large circle. Spread out. Guide children through a variety of movements: Can you…..? make circles with your arms clap your hands march and clap jump up and down dance with a partner
hop on one foot turn in a circle do jumping jacks run in place crawl like a crab touch your toes balance on one foot
Needed: • • • • • “Goin' On A Bear Hunt” song by Greg & Steve Kids in Action cameras binoculars hats stuffed bear
ANTS GO MARCHING
Needed: Ants Go Marching song Activity: Marching with flags (optional)
Show them how to make a chicken beak, flap their wings, shake their tail feathers and clap 4 times (with children ages 3 and under, I omit the clapping and just let them shake their tail feathers for those beats). While the music plays, I will sing these words: Do a little bit of this Do a little bit of that Shake your feathers (clap-clap-clap-clap)
Marching to music with musical instruments Optional: Circus March Theme
HOP LITTLE BUNNIES
Needed: Hop Little Bunnies song
See the little bunnies sleeping 'til it's nearly noon. Come and let us gently wake them With this happy tune Oh, so still... Are they ill? NO!! Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, hop Hop little bunnies, hop, hop, Stop!
Activity: See the little bunnies — The children all curl up in a ball on the floor. Hop little bunnies — The children jump up and start jumping.
Needed: Music or Freeze Dance Activity: You will need: a tape player or radio • Tell the children to feel their hearts. • Have the children warm up with the stretch and bend song. • Explain the rules of Freeze Dance to the children: • While the music is playing, they must dance and move • around. • When the music stops, they must freeze and feel their hearts • beating faster. • When the music starts again they can dance and move. • Be sure to cool down afterwards.
BEANIE BAG DANCE
Needed: Bean bags or small stuffed animals, Beanie Bag Dance song by Greg & Steve Activity: Dance to the music and follow the movements
TEDDY BEAR TEDDY BEAR
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around, Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the ground Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear count to three, Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch your knee. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear jump real high, Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the sky, Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear put on a wig, Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear dance a jig. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear pat your head, Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear go to bed, Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn out the light, Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear say goodnight
WHAT’S THE WEATHER
Needed: Space to move, Weather picture cards (optional) Activity: Call out different kinds of weather that the children are to become, such as:
Rain falling down Thunder pounding Tornado spinning Snow quietly falling on the ground Wind blowing gently in the trees Lightening flashing Rain pounding on a roof Sun coming out and shining Ice-covered trees bending from the weight Leaves rustling in the breeze Always end with the sun coming out!
THE ANIMAL BOOGIE
Needed: Animal Boogie book & CD Activity:
Read Animal Boogie to the children. Pause on each page that asks what creature is doing the movement described to allow the children to answer this question before you turn the page and reveal the answer. Pause on each page that identifies the creature and ask the children to practice the movement that the creature does. Play selection #2 on the CD and dance the animal boogie with the children as the singer guides. You may play selection #3 on the CD and encourage the children to freely dance along with the music if you wish.
3 LITTLE KITTENS
Needed: Kittens & Mittens song from Winter in the Woods Story: 3 Little Kittens
Activity: Listen to the song, Kittens and Mittens. Ask the children questions about the song (What did the kittens lose? Who found the mittens? Where were the mittens?). Using Kittens and Mittens, create movements to go with each section of the song. The minor section should have some type of ponderous, heavy movement and the chorus needs light and gentle movements. Have children act out the story.
Needed: “The Goldfish” by Laurie Berkner space to move Activity: Follow the song with swimming actions, etc
Sing & dance to Jingle Bells while shaking bells
WE ARE THE DINOSAURS
Needed: “We are the Dinosaurs” by Laurie Berkner space to move
Hello, Hello song space to move
Great way to begin every class with a Hello Song! It's very simple and fun, and stresses building confidence. Listen/download here
IF YOU’RE HAPPY & YOU KNOW IT
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands. If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands. If you're happy and you know it, And you really want to show it, (or then your face will surely show it) If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands. Then you can go on with i.e.: If you're happy and you know it, tap your toe... If you're happy and you know it, nod your head... If you're happy and you know it, stomp your feet..
Needed: 911 Song (Mother Goose Time Music & Movement CD) Activity: Dance and sing 911 song. 911, 911 Push the buttons 911 If you’re hurt or scared or you don’t know what to do Push the buttons 911!
COUNT TO FIVE & EXCERCISE
Count to Five and Exercise plan simply consists of including four to five different morning stretches or exercises and as we do each one, we count to five. jog in place jumping jacks arm swings tummy twists toe touches
Needed: • Balance Board • Balance Beam • Balance Domes, stepping stones, stumps, rocks • Circle or other floor shape (masking tape on floor) to balance on • Stop watch (optional) Activity: • Balance board • Balance beam • Stand on one foot spot • Timed balance
Needed: • Mats/carpet • Space for each child • Yoga Pretzels Activity Cards Activity: Take turns selecting cards and form the movements.
ANIMAL STRETCHES / YOGA
Needed: • Mats/carpet • Space for each child Activity: • Cat • Dog • Butterfly • Snake • Monkey
Activity cards here
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Mouse Turtle Crocodile Bird on a wire Octopus
JO JO’S CIRCUS DANCE CARDS
Needed: • Dance cards • Music Activity: • bend • bow • twist • stretch • tiptoe • spin • jump • wiggle • march • wave • you choose!
Needed: DVD Activity: follow DVD
YOGAKIDS SILLY TO CALM
Needed: DVD Activity: follow DVD
Needed: tumbling (nap) mats Activity: • stretching • somersaults • balance • splits • jumping • animal walks • rock & roll: The student rolls backward onto the back and then rolls forward up to the feet.
Needed: • • Variety of music: fast, slow, classical, cultural Ribbon Streamers, purchased or handmade
Activity: Listen to the music & dance with ribbon streamers.
Needed: • Stretchies (made with lycra or swimsuit material) • Shape cards Activity: Play or make shapes with stretchie
ANTS IN YOUR PANTS DANCE
Needed: • Mr. Billy Song on “Playground” CD • Space to move Activity: Dance & sing to lyrics
Needed: • balloons • music Activity: • keep balloon in the air • play catch with the balloon • balance balloon on feet • hang balloons from the ceiling to hit • kick balloon • hit with paper plate paddles
Toss balloon into a basket
Needed: Alphabet Exercise Cards Activity: • • Choose a card Do the exercise
Needed: music, carpet squares Activity: Play music. Children walk around square to square until the music stops. Play until each child is eliminated (great transition activity rather than a game so each child moves on to another activity, not just sits out.)
MY BODY ACTION SONG
(tune of twinkle twinkle little star) Two little hands go clap, clap, clap (children clap both hands) Two little feet go tap, tap, tap (children tap both feet) One little body turns around (children turn around) One little child sits quietly down (children to sit down quietly) Two little fists thump, thump, thump, (children clench their fists and thump on the floor) Two little feet go stomp, stomp, stomp One foot goes hop, hop, hop (children turn around) One little child goes squat, squat, squat (children to squat)
HEAD & SHOULDERS
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes Eyes and ears and mouth and nose Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes Add other verses (knee, fingers, hair, elbow, etc.)m
OCEAN CREATURES MOVEMENTS
Needed: Printable Ocean Creatures Cards Activity: Spread cards around the room with space between each one for movement.
Needed : One chair for each child & music. Activity: Have children move in different ways (skip, fly, gallop) around the circle. When the music stops, they each sit down. Alternate: Have one less chair than you have children. The child who does not get a seat when the music stops gets to be the one who stops the music next, then returns to the game, replaced by the next child who did not get a seat.
BUBBLE WRAP STOMP
Needed: large piece of bubble wrap, roll of wrap or individual squares of bubble wrap Activity: Jump and dance on the bubble wrap and pop all the bubbles
Needed: I Want to Be A Butterfly by Mr. Billy Activity: Dance with scarves and sing