At an early age, children associate how they move to words that describe the movements they make. For example: run, lie down, stand up, walk. This activity will help your child build his movement vocabulary.
Practice the following basic movement words and explore the variations with your child: WALK forwards, backwards, sideways, on tiptoe, very fast, slowly. RUN in circles, with small steps, lifting the knees, without using arms. JUMP in place, feet together, feet apart, forwards, backwards, sideways. HOP in a circle, changing feet, in place, while counting, sideways. GALLOP forward, fast, changing direction, changing feet. LEAP run and leap, with arms high, over an object or a line, high.
From 365 Days of Creative Play by Sheila Ellison & Judith Gray. Copyright © 2005 by Sheila Ellison & Judith Gray. All rights reserved. Used by arrangement with Sourcebooks, Inc.
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