One phenomenon all of us have to deal with, no matter what the season is, is cabin fever. We are kept inside due to inclement weather of some sort and need preschool kids activities to meet the demand. The energy levels increase and it is so important to find creative ways to expend it.
Here are a couple of the ways that work for me. Give them a try and see how they work for you.
1. Do any movement and ask the children to copy it (example: wave your hand, jump on one foot)
2. Do another a second movement and ask the children to copy you again (eg. rub your head)
3. Combine the two movements and ask the children to copy again
4. Use this as a sequencing game and see how many motions you can add that the children can remember. Younger ones may just be able to do two and older ones more and more.
CATCH A TAIL
Have your kids hold on to one another at the waist in a line formation.
The last person in line has a scarf in his/her back pocket. The object is to get the children to stay in line with the last person trying to take the scarf out of the pocket. The end of the line tries to avoid being caught by the leader.
If it is successfully removed the first player moves to the back and the game continues with a new leader of the line.
I hope these help in your situation. Send me any favorites you have and I'll be sure share them here.
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Sunday, January 25, 2009