5th January, 2011 - Posted by - 5 Comments
Did You Know?
So what are you waiting for — let’s play!
- Spread paper plates on the ground. Pretend they are rocks in a stream. Get from one side to the other without stepping in the stream.
- Time to march! Pretend to have your favorite instrument and march as you play. Can someone guess what instrument you are playing? Bring real instruments outside and march in a band with friends or get the whole family involved.
- Take a Rainbow Run – talk about the colors of the rainbow as you name colors, run & touch 3 things that are that color.
- Go for a walk — breath in the air as you swing your arms and hold your head high. First go in straight lines, then curvy lines, and then try walking backwards.
- Set up an obstacle course using things to jump over, go around, and even under. See how fast you can do it.
- Find an open space and work on rolling in different ways…long, straight body and a curled up small body. Rolling down a hill is fun and a childhood rite of passage!
- Blow bubbles outdoors. Chase and catch the bubble before it pops.
- Pretend you are at a zoo. Identify an animal, then move and sound like that animal.
- Pretend to be a growing flower. First you are a tiny seed in the ground and then grow into a big flower.
- Pretend to be a balloon – first without air, being blown up, floating around, and then being popped.
- Motions of the weather — use your body to pretend to be different types of weather. Rain, wind, thunder, snow…get creative.
- Pretend to move like different foods — melt like a popsicle or pop like popcorn.
For more ideas like these, download our free Physical Activity Calendar each month.
Playfully yours, Bethe
This post is part of We Play on the groovy Childhood 101 site!
Bethe Almeras, MS, is the HSBS Education & Outreach Director. A long time educator and play advocate, she is passionate about outdoor play and connecting children with nature. In her free time Bethe writes a blog, The Grass Stain Guru, and can often be found playing outside. She is particularly fond of squirrels. And turtles. And sandpipers. And…