The children combine locomotive movement and body control in a fun way.
No Equipment Required
Gross Motor Skills
Focus / Attention
Activity Progressions and Adjustments
Beginners Give simple movement suggestions such as walking, tip-toeing or crawling.
Intermediate / Advanced Give types of locomotive movement such as running, monkey run or hopscotch. Such ways of moving require more body control when needing to stop.
Special Needs We all enjoy music and it makes moving fun for all, give movement instructions according to the average ability level of your group.
Have the children find a space in an allocated area.
Give a movement instruction that the children must do when the music plays.
When the music stops, the children have to stop as quickly as possible and be as still as a statue.
Some movement ideas are: Run, hop, jump, crawl, skip, step together sideways or walk backwards.
Have the children all move in the same direction.
If you are unable to use music, use a whistle or a verbal command to indicate when the children have to stop.
With a large group have the children move in the same direction around the room.
Sensory and Cognitive Benefits
Vestibular-Cerebellum Stimulation of the neural networks in the cerebellum (balance center in the brain).
Proprioception Stimulation of muscle and joint receptors responsible for body and spatial awareness.
Auditory-Motor Integration Need to listen carefully for changes in the music and movement instructions and the muscles need to respond appropriately.
Differentiation Full conscious control of moving only one part of the body while other limbs remain still.
Skill Focus Definitions
The ability to anticipate and react to changes in balance as the body moves through space. Such as required for tumbling, rotation in flight, jumps, and leaps.
Static Balance is one of the most fundamental movement skills. It is the body's ability to maintain a stationary position with control while performing a task.
Is the awareness of space between oneself and another object or person. It is also the learning of positional vocabulary through using their body to help develop an understanding of direction, distance, and location.
These are movements where the body travels through space from one location to another. Locomotor movements primarily use the feet for support, however, the hands and feet can be used together as well.
These skills are part of the gross motors skills group and involve the use of the hands or feet or any other body part to move or manipulate an object. This could be in the form of throwing, kicking, catching, striking or bouncing.
Axial stability involves any form of movement organized around the axis of the body involving the spine. This can occur in different spatial planes and can include bending, twisting, turning, rolling or stretching.
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