Activity – Warm Up, Cool Down*
Age Range – Preschool and Up
Area Being Developed – Motor Skills
Turn your outside free play into focused aerobic exercise. Your students will love it! Select an agreed-upon activity like one of these–running, jumping, hopping, skipping, and galloping, and begin!
Here is an example using running. Give directions like this… slow, fast, slow. Repeat this game with any or all of the other movements. Play as long as you all want.
Running, jumping, skipping, and hopping are all activities your students will enjoy. In addition, they are particularly good for the heart and circulatory system.
*Adapted from Make Your Own Preschool Games: A Personalized Play and Learn Program by Sally Goldberg, p. 60
Movement is it for children. To them it is a state of great comfort and joy. With movement needs met, aggression goes way down. As you know, you don’t see many unhappy or distressed children while out on the playground.