Movement is at the very core of how children develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, and of course, physically. Here at Moving Smart we foster children's naturally move-to-learn style while helping parents and teachers understand the comprehensive benefits of all that wiggling!

That's why we say "A Moving Child is a Learning Child."

Sunday, December 22, 2013

A KINETIC CHRISTMAS: Santa's Sack




Day 22
Santa's Sack
FROM HOPPING TO SKIPPING (4+)

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JUMPING JINGLES, IT'S NEARLY CHRISTMAS!
Three days before Christmas, the elves are in overdrive with last minute details. And one of the most important, last minute jobs is inspecting Santa's sack to be sure nothing will fall out. They scrutinize each seam then, just to be sure, they put the sack to the test!

Can you help the elves be sure Santa's sack is ship shape for the big night?


SANTA'S SACK
Sack races are a ton of fun, of course, but they're also great for developing overall stamina and endurance, balance, and coordination.

Start the game by just practicing jumping in the sack. Next, encourage your child to try to jump forward a few feet. Once he's got the hang of it, try any one of these variations...

TRAVELING SACK... Pick a goal about 10 feet away and encourage her to jump to it. As she jumps, count aloud for her the number of jumps it takes.

TRAVELING SACK 2... Now, have her try it again, but try to do it in fewer jumps!

SACK ROLL... Have her lie down in the sack and roll.

SACK AROUND... Create a path with curve and angles for her to jump along. Changing direction challenges her coordination and balance.

SACKSTACLE COURSE... Create an obstacle course around the room (or better yet, outside). The object of the game is to navigate each obstacle while staying in the sack. For instance...

Jump three times.
Roll three times.
Jump three times.
Climb over some pillows.
Jump left. Jump right. Jump left. Jump right.
Crouch down and hide in the sack.
Pop up and shout, "Merry Christmas!"

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

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