Musical Statues

Musical Statues

Activity Four
The children combine locomotive movement and body control in a fun way.
Activity Information
  • Skill Focus
    • Dynamic Balance
  • Equipment
    • No Equipment Required
    • Music
  • Group Type
    • Individual
    • Small/Large Group
    • Special Needs
  • Activity Type
    • Jumping
    • Hopping
    • Running
    • Skipping
    • Game
    • Musical
    • Warm Up
  • Environment
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
  • Space Allocation
    • Small Space
    • Large Space
  • Special Needs
    • Able-Bodied
    • Physically Challenged
  • Physical Benefits
    • Balance
    • Body Awareness
    • Gross Motor Skills
    • Focus / Attention
  • Key Language
    • Space
    • Movement
    • Music
    • Stop
    • Still
    • Statue

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.

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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.

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Safety Precautions

With a large group have the children move in the same direction around the room.

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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.

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