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  • Imaginary Bubble Activity for Kids
    Imaginative Play
    Growing and Shrinking
    Growing and ShrinkingDirections Stand where you have lots of room. Imagine you and your child are each in a giant bubble. Reach out and try to touch the walls of the bubble. Imagine the bubble begins to get smaller and smaller until you can squee...
  • Spaghetti Dance Activity for Kids
    Dance
    Spaghetti Dance
    Spaghetti DanceDirections Lie down on the floor with your child very stiff and straight. Imagine you are uncooked spaghetti and roll over and over. Now imagine you are being put into hot water to cook. Feel your bodies getting softer and softer. ...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Activities for Toddlers
    Punchinello
    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. Have children form a circle....
  • Scarf Dancing Activity for Kids
    Dance
    Chiffon Dancing
    Chiffon DancingDirections Provide yourself and your child with chiffon scarves. Throw them into the air and watch them float down to the ground. After each scarf has settled, imitate the scarf movements in the air and down to the ground with your...
  • Group Dance Activity for Kids
    Dance
    Playing with Dance
    Directions Get everyone involved in this group dance. Put on some lively music that everyone likes and clear a big open space. Someone start as the leader by making up some interesting, funny steps that everyone can follow along with for a few m...
  • Dancing to Poetry Activity for Kids
    Reading Activities
    Poem Dance
    Poem DanceDirections Choose a favorite poem and read it aloud. Select a few of the ideas, words, or images in the poem and express them in movement with your child. Some ideas will suggest how to move and others will suggest a mood, feeling, or e...
  • Teach Kids About the Solar System with this Dance
    Solar System
    Space Dance
    Space DanceMaterials Balls or balloons Electronic music (e. g., The Planets by Horst) Directions For this activity, children represent the sun, moon, and planets, and imagine they are in space above and around the Earth. Using balls or balloons ...
  • Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
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  • Play Dough Body Sculpting Activity for Kids
    Imaginative Play
    Body Sculpting
    Body SculptingDirections Ask your child to pretend that he is a soft lump of play dough and that you are the sculptor. Gently move your child's body into different shapes and positions. Then try bending, turning, and lifting your child's body. Ne...
  • Using Toys to Teach Kids about Body Movement
    Imaginative Play
    If Toys Could Dance
    If Toys Could DanceDirections Ask your child to collect a few of her favorite toys. Set them down with you and your child and talk about what would happen if each toy could move and dance. How would they dance? Let your child show you how each of...
  • Alphabet Shape Activity for Kids
    Alphabet
    ABC Shapes
    ABC ShapesDirections Review the letters of the alphabet that your child knows and recognizes. Start with the most familiar letter of the alphabet and have your child make the shape of the letter with his body. It helps to show your child a pictur...
  • Silly Walking Activity for Kids
    Dance
    Silly Walks
    Silly WalksDirectionsFirst of all, ask your child to walk around in her normal, everyday walk. Now try walking very high, very low, very wide, very narrow, very fast, and very slowly. Think of other ways people walk and try them out. Now ask your...
  • Teaching Kids Circular Movement
    Shapes
    Circle Dancing
    Circle DancingDirections Identify with your child all the things in and around the house that are circular. These may include wheels, plates, balls, clock faces, coins, cookies, and doorknobs. Roll a coin and a ball and watch them travel. Have yo...
  • Inside Versus Outside Activity for Kids
    Early Learning Activities
    Inside-Outside Moves
    Inside-Outside MovesDirections Illustrate the difference between inside and outside with a box. Have your child get inside and explore the movements that are possible. Next have your child move outside the box, staying close to it. Alternate betw...
  • Silly Walking Activity for Kids
    Dance
    Silly Walks
    Silly WalksDirectionsFirst of all, ask your child to walk around in her normal, everyday walk. Now try walking very high, very low, very wide, very narrow, very fast, and very slowly. Think of other ways people walk and try them out. Now ask your...
  • School and Learning
    Dance
    Newspaper Dance
    Newspaper DanceMaterials 2 or 3 sheets of newspaper Directions There are many ways to create dances with a double sheet of newspaper. Open the newspaper and spread it on the floor. Skip around it; jump on it; run and leap over it; slither under...
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
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  • Dancing Activity for Kids
    Body Parts
    Leggy Dance
    Leggy DanceDirectionsPlay some bright, rhythmical music. Stand facing your child and point out the different parts of the legs and feet. Now discover all the ways each part can move: bend the knees, wiggle the toes, circle the ankles, arch the fo...