Exercise Activities & Fun Ideas for Kids
You have come to the right place if you are looking for fun, engaging and exciting Exercise themed activities to do with toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners. Our activities are widely used by teachers, moms, dads, child care providers and more!
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Exercise Arts and Crafts
Draw a large graph on posterboard, of your children’s favorite exercises. Get them to help you graph out the following:
-Which day you’d like to do each exercise
-Keep track of the ones most enjoyed
-How many times each week you do them
Exercise Games and Activities
The Painters Dance
This activity allows children to imagine they are artists who can draw with every part of their body. It’s a great way to encourage them to move their whole body and activate their imaginations. Tell your children they are going to pretend to paint a huge picture on the side of the wall. It’s going to be a beautiful picture but they only have a short time to paint it. Therefore they are going to paint with both hands as well as other body parts.
First of all activate the children imaginations by asking them what type of picture they would like to draw (animals flowers Etc.). Next have them begin to paint this picture in the air with one hand after 10 to 20 seconds switch to other ways of painting:
One ear then the other
One shoulder than the other
One elbow then the other
One knee then the other
One foot then the other
Both feet (on their backs)
Then say: “Oh no time is running out so let’s paint faster how about painting with”
Both hands and nose
Both elbows and jaw
Both elbows and knees
Both shoulders and hips
Nose and knees
Jaw and hips
One ear and one foot
One ear and the other foot
Both hands and one foot
Both hands and the other foot
Finally have your children lay down on their backs and paint with both feet, both hands and their nose. After 5 minutes their bodies should be all warmed up and a masterpiece will be created in their minds.
While sitting in a circle ask the children to do the following motions. Reach up with your arms as far as you can. Stretch! Sway from one side to the other. Stretch one arm up high. Now stretch the other up high. Alternate stretching first the other arm (to the count of 8 (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8).
Stretch your arms out to the side. Stretch your arms out in front of you. Stretch your arms behind you. Ask the children to move other parts of their bodies, such as make your hands, move your elbows; try your shoulders; move your head from side to side.
Exercise Songs, Poems and Finger Plays
(Tune: “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”)
Everybody reach up high, Stretching, stretching to the sky
Swaying left and swaying right,
Swaying to the sky at night.
Everybody reach up high,
Stretching, stretching to the sky.
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