Children need ample time and activities to develop their gross motor muscles. In a school setting, there are playgrounds where children can run, jump, climb, and use several muscles during physical activity. We also have gymnasiums where students can play sports, and games. However, there are some days that are not easy to give children these opportunities. There are always days that it rains, and we have indoor recess. And, the forecast is calling for a few rainy days in my area. I want to be prepared for those days the students won’t be able to play outside at recess.
Some simple ideas to with young students for indoor recess can be Simon Says, Yoga for Kids, Head & Shoulders, the Hokey Pokey, Shake Your Sillies Out, or simply throw on a CD and play Freeze Dance. As long as the children are safe, and moving, whatever you decide to play with them will help keep them healthy!