With these extreme outdoor temperatures, our students aren’t getting very much active movement. So, we decided to have a dance party in our gymnasium today! We took a few cds, scarves, ribbons and got out hoola-hoops. For 20 minutes, we let the children pick what they wanted to move with, if anything, and just played some children-friendly music. Once we were done, we all went to the water fountain to replenish.
The children enjoyed it, and seemed less “figedity” in class for the rest of the day. As long as this heat stays, we are going to do this every morning!
Our gym was free for a 40 minute this morning so we split the time with our ELK/Gr.1 class. To take advantage of the 20 minutes we had to get our children up and moving, we decided to play a fun warm-up game of “Peanut Butter and Jam Sandwiches”.
Half the class were told they were peanut butter, and the other half of our class were told they were jam. While we played music, they children could dance and move around the gym. When the music stopped, they had to quickly find a partner who was the opposite of them and stand together to make “Peanut Butter and Jam Sandwiches”. The children thought it was hilarious! They wanted to play again to another song, so we changed it up to “Hot Dog and Bun”.
The various combinations you can use are endless, and not only does it allow the children to get up and move, but they also have an opportunity to express themselves through free dance.