It is raining, your kids are bouncing off the walls and you are running out of ideas. In this series, we will bring you some fabulous, kid approved, creative movement activities for your toddler, preschooler & even school-age child. These activities don't necessarily have to be done inside, but would make a rainy day so much more fun! We promise that after introducing your child to these activities, they'll be begging for more.
This activity will have your child dancing, giggling & getting his or her creative juices flowing. The object of this game is for your child to practice concentrating.
-This is an activity that can also be played with infants. Watch your baby react when the music stops. Many times, a baby will make a sound when the music stops. Dance around while holding your baby and when you pause the music, don't move and don't talk. Your child will respond in a number of ways and will start to notice the pattern you are making.
-For older children, you can play with groups of friends and have them be "out" if they move when the music stops. If you think this may upset your child, let them know that when the next child gets out, they get to go back in. This way there is no winner and everyone takes turns.
This is a really fun activity when children are learning how to write or read. We also like this activity for older children when challenged to use the activity for spelling.
DON'T FALL IN!
This game is based off of the childhood favorite..."Avoid the hot lava!" In this version, your child will have to opportunity to get some great exercise while learning their colors. We like this activity because it challenges children to think before moving. For preschoolers and toddlers, that is not an easy task to ask of them. Be patient and encouraging.
-Instead of placing the paper out neatly in a 4x4 square, spread them out randomly in the room for more of a challenge.
-Have your child practice different kinds of jumps or methods of moving while playing. They could jump with their toes having to stay together, leaping, jumping like a frog or trying to take giant steps. Have a blast and get creative! Ask your child if they have any ideas of how they could get across.
These activities are sure to get your child moving and learning. Enjoy your time playing together and we'll be back soon for another post in our "Movin' & Groovin'" series!