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Thursday, December 12, 2013

A KINETIC CHRISTMAS: Santa Says!



Day 12
Santa Says
FROM JUMPING TO SKIPPING (Approximately 3+ years)

I just couldn't do this series without including one of my all time favorite classroom holiday traditions.

Of course, you can do this at home. And with a little interpretation, you can apply this to any special occasion.

Anyway, here's my Christmas take on the classic Simon Says.

Have fun!


SANTA SAYS
The object of the game is to listen carefully to the instructions and only respond when "Santa Says." Of course, feel free to add your own merry moves or adapt these ideas to the maturity and abilities of your child/ren. 

So let's listen close see what Santa Says...

RING THE BELL
Lift your arm up and down.

STIR THE COCOA
Make a stirring motion with your hand.



TWIST LIKE A CANDY CANE
Plant your feet and twist your torso back and forth.



MAKE A SNOWBALL
Pretend to pack snow with your hands.

THROW THE SNOWBALL
Pretend to throw your snowball.





TURN ON RUDOLPH'S NOSE
Touch your nose.





FLY LIKE A REINDEER
Twirl around.




FLY THE SLEIGH
Hold the reins in front of you and bob up and down. For older kids, sit on the floor, lift your feet and rock.




CLIMB DOWN THE CHIMNEY
Crouch down slowly.

CLIMB UP THE CHIMNEY
Stand back up slowly.

STUFF THE STOCKING
Push down with your hands.

TWINKLE LIKE A CHRISTMAS TREE
Shake your hands in the air.

LAUGH LIKE SANTA
Hold your belly and Ho! Ho! Ho!

LEAP LIKE A REINDEER
Jump or leap in the air.




Wishing you a happy, healthy, and active holiday season!


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