KINDERGARTEN IN MOTION

 

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COMMUNICATION

 

 

 

 

 

Do you hear it? *

Concept:

All children walk through the room. The educator e.g. says: “I hear an A in dad.“ Is the letter in the word, the children have to stand and distend. If the letter is not in the word, they just keep on walking.

Variations:

Turn around

Jump

 

 

 

 

 

Verves *

Materials:

Pens, sticks, big paper rolls

Concept:

The children paint, with wide movements of the arms, waves, spirals etc. in the air. After that the children try it with pens on the big paper rolls

Variations:

On the wall in the height of the eyes

Paint with the other arm

Do it with the right or left foot

Do it with both arms or feet (sitting) as counter movement

Simultan with the right hand and left foot

Outside: draw with sticks in the ground

 

 

 

 

 

Do it! *

Concept:

The educator says verbs. The children do the according action of the word, e.g. wave, turn, jump, clap...

Variations:

Short sentences with tasks of movements (“Go around a chair!“, “Jump on one foot!“, “Go 3 steps backwards!“)

In a foreign language

 

 

 

 

 

Over - Under - Game

Concept:

The educator tells a story, in which the prepositions over, under, in front of, behind, next to, on,... are included. The children do that movement corresponding to the story. E.g. ”All children sit at the table on a chair...“

Variations:

Play outside (behind a tree, on a swing, next to the sandbox, under the bridge..)

In a foreign language

 

 

 

 

 

Animal Guess *

Materials:

Cards of animals

Concept:

All children sit in a circle and draw a card of an animal secretly. One after another they present their animal pantomimic till the other children guess it.

Variations:

Ask questions which can only be responded with “Yes“ or “No“

Important attributes of the animal are explained additionally, to help the children

Names of the animals in a different language

For every animal two cards – the pairs have to find pantomimic

 

 

 

 

 

In my Spare Time

Concept:

One child starts an unfinished sentence: “In my spare time, i like to play...“ The activity is provided pantomimic and the other children have to guess it and copycat it.

Variations:

Add: ”What I like most about it is...“

Work in small groups

 

 

 

 

 

Traffic Light Game *

Materials:

One red and one green balloon or ball

Concept:

The educator rises alternately a green and a red ball. Green: the children move through the room. Red: every child has to stand still until it is green again.

Variations:

Enlarge the room of movement

Vary the kind of movement (jump, go like a cancer, go on feet and arms)

While it is red, stand on one foot

 

 

 

 

 

Ball of Words

Materials:

one Softball, ball of wool (or similar things)

Concept:

One child says a word and throws the ball to another child, who has to find another word that rhymes with it. If it succeeds, the ball can be passed to the next one, who also have to rhyme, etc. If nobody knows a word to rhyme, the game starts over with a new word.

Variations:

Instead rhyming: look for a anonym (rich – poor, hot - cold)

In a foreign language

 

 

 

 

 

Peaces of Paper

Materials:

Newspaper (many pictures, big font)

Concept:

Newspaper is cut by the educator in big peaces and spread in the room. The children try to put the jigsaw together. With smaller children, mainly use pictures, with older children give more written parts.

Variation:

The children cut the paper on their own (one cuts, the other is putting the parts together, then change)