Adults and children alike can use movement for exercise, development and just to have fun. Large muscle activities are important for toddlers who are learning to walk, balance, climb and reach. As we grow, movement continues to help us develop so that we can do many activities, becoming increasingly independent and doing it, “by my own,” which is what one of my 3 year olds exclaims on a regular basis.
Fun is important when working to get our young ones to move—here are some activities to try. Take a load off, play and see what works for you and yours.
Fun together at a DCM Jim Gill Concert!
Just dance. Jim Gill is a local artist who puts out some great interactive music for children. Children love to “Dance any way they want to, dance any way they please...”; they listen to a song called Spin Again, again and again, dancing, often wildly, while the “washing machine is washing them clean.” Older children love to dance, too, with music geared more toward their age group.
|Older children dance at a Tiny Great Performance©|
So Happy New Year! Let’s get moving for our health, growth and development!
Mollie Willis, MS Curriculum and Instruction, guest blogger,
Stay tuned for upcoming blogs on Movement as Art, Movement as a Science and Movement with Math & Literature.