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  • Spaghetti Dance Activity for Kids
    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. ...
  • Scarf Dancing Activity for Kids
    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...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Play Acting
    Bag Skit
    Bag SkitMaterials Large paper bags Various household items for props Directions This is a fun group activity, but can also be done alone and then performed for the family. Ask someone who is not playing with you to put twelve props into the larg...
  • Group Dance Activity for Kids
    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...
  • 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...
  • Entertainment and Activities
    Indoor Activities
    Act It Out Game
    Act It Out GameAges:4 to 10 Materials:Index cards, markers, large piece construction paper, erasers. On the back of 3x5 index cards, write various activities for people to do: Organize the actions by categories, such as Animals ("Make a cow sound...
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  • 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
    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...
  • 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...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Learning Activities for Toddlers
    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....
  • Teaching Kids Circular Movement
    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...
  • Silly Walking Activity for Kids
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Teach Kids to Move like Rope
    Rope Shaping
    Rope ShapingDirections Find a jump rope or a length of cord. Make a simple shape with it on the floor. Ask your child to move his body into the same shape. Repeat by making other interesting shapes with the rope. Now reverse the order of the acti...
  • How Things Move in Space Activity for Kids
    Imaginative Play
    High Space, Low Space
    High Space, Low SpaceDirections Go outside with your child and talk together about the space around us. Distinguish between high space up in the sky, low space (down on the ground), and medium space (in the middle). What living things move in the...
  • Teach Kids about Different Parts of the Body
    Body Parts
    Touch Twister
    Touch TwisterDirections Identify body parts with your child: knees, elbows, neck, fingers, toes, wrist, ankles, and nose. Choose a part and then try to touch another body part with it; hand to heel, nose to knee, or heel to bottom. Do this activi...