Webinar recording put together by the National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness, sharing tips and strategies on ways to support children’s physical development by providing them with fun movement opportunities in a mixed age group setting.
Let children use blocks (cardboard or soft blocks work well), pillows/cushions, and even furniture to set up an obstacle course where they can climb, crawl under, and move in various ways to make their way through. This is also something that can be set up outside with natural landscape features, using chalk on sidewalk to mark areas, or even with riding toys as part of the course.
Goal: Children will work collaboratively to set up and run through an obstacle course.
Encourage children to name animals and then move their body like that animal. They can incorporate sounds as well. You might even make an ‘animal parade’. Talk about the different ways they move their bodies to look like the animal and name the body parts they use. (The book From Head to Toe by Eric Carle is a great resource for this activity).
Goal: Expand children’s vocabulary related to body parts and animal names and move in a variety of ways.
This is a calendar of ideas to incorporate more movement and exercise into each day of the year that would be suitable for FCC homes or families to use. Many ideas involve using materials in your home and neighborhood to create games, obstacles, or motivate movement.
Getting children to move their bodies in a variety of ways is important for their physical growth and development of large motor skills. This resource from Shape America, the Office of Head Start, and the US Department of Health and Human Services includes interesting suggestions for using t-shirts to support movement activities with children. Included with this resource is a recipe for Berry Tasty Muffins that you could prepare with or for children.