Visual Arts

How do your kids learn through sports and movement?

Movement

From the moment they start waving their little arms, rolling over, and sitting up, our babies are working away on their motor skills. By the preschool years, they are whizzing around the playground so fast that we can barely keep up with them. Indeed, they are moving so quickly from one physical feat to the next that we hardly recognize them - can that be my child, riding by on her trike, all by herself? How did that happen? Just as when she was learning to walk, it happened one step at a time. So let's take a minute to note all that our little acrobats have learned thus far, and see what steps, leaps, and bounds we can help them to make next.

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Core Skills for Movement

Click on the skills below to see what you can do at home to help your child develop essential art skills.

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    Stop and start movement at will (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    99 ¢ Learn More Follow the Leader
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's physical attention and gross motor development with this Follow the Leader activity and suggestions.
    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More Homemade Obstacle Courses
    Parent Created Activity
    Using various household or backyard objects, develop a running, jumping, ducking course for children to run around in the backyard. The kids can have a race or run just ...more
    FREE Learn More Pumpkin Patch, Pumpkin Patch
    Parent Created Activity
    Have children find places in the room and crouch down to look like pumpkins. The adult begins by walking around the room saying: "Pumpkin Patch, pumpkin patch. Looking for a ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $31.99 Learn More Hokey Pokey Musical Skirt
    You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself about...Motion activated, this musical skirt plays "The Hokey Pokey" as your little dancer moves. Layers of pink and purple tulle make ...more
    FREE Learn More Dive, Dodge 'n Slide Bouncer
    Spring into backyard fun with this large inflatable bouncer that promises hours of entertainment for kids. A crawl-through entrance, interior obstacles and double slide in front provide countless playtime options ...more

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    Use the body expressively (e.g., act out nursery rhyme, move to music) (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    99 ¢ Learn More Acting Out
    Expert Created Activity
    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More Mummy Wrap
    Parent Created Activity
    With a group of children, have the kids choose their delegate to become a mummy by wrapping him or her in toilet paper! Likely, they'll all want a turn ...more
    FREE Learn More Swinging Statues
    Parent Created Activity
    Best played outside, but can also be done indoors if you clear a big enough space. You are the 'sculptor' and your child will be the 'statue.' Gently ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $31.99 Learn More Hokey Pokey Musical Skirt
    You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself about...Motion activated, this musical skirt plays "The Hokey Pokey" as your little dancer moves. Layers of pink and purple tulle make ...more
    $22.99 Learn More Cranium Hullabaloo DVD Game
    The Hullabaloo DVD Game turns your living room into a wiggly-giggly animal adventure! Kids learn about animals from all over the world and bounce, twist, and dance on the 16 ...more

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    Play group games (e.g., Duck Duck Goose, Musical Chairs, etc.) (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    99 ¢ Learn More My own game
    Expert Created Activity
    Help your child to play group games with this path game board and game pieces. Make up new games for more fun!
    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More Freeze Tag
    Parent Created Activity
    A classic game that never grows old. One person is 'It' and he or she chases the other players in an attempt to tag them. When players are ...more
    FREE Learn More Ghost-Ghost-Witch
    Parent Created Activity
    This is a variation of duck-duck-goose called "ghost-ghost-witch." Choose one child to be the "witch" and have the rest of the children sit facing each other in a circle. ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $22.99 Learn More Cranium Hullabaloo DVD Game
    The Hullabaloo DVD Game turns your living room into a wiggly-giggly animal adventure! Kids learn about animals from all over the world and bounce, twist, and dance on the 16 ...more
    $15.00 Learn More Hopscotch, Hangman, Hot Potato and Ha Ha Ha: A Rulebook of Children's Games

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    Eye-hand and eye-foot coordination (e.g., throw or kick an object, play catch, ride a tricycle, swing) (show details)

    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More Balloon Ball
    Parent Created Activity
    Find a fairly large, open area of the house where your child won't be in danger of running into anything. Blow up a balloon and show your child how ...more
    FREE Learn More Left or Right?
    Parent Created Activity
    Teach your child left and right with this fun game! Call out a body part such as "left foot," "right shoulder," etc. and then toss a ball or balloon ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $29.99 Learn More Triple Hit Baseball
    What does a preschooler need in order to learn baseball besides a ball, a bat, and a very patient grown-up to toss him endless pitches? Well, nothing really. ...more
    $100.00 Learn More Scooter Skiddy
    For the many preschoolers who gaze longingly at the "big kids" whizzing by on their scooters, we have just the thing to make going to the park a whole new ...more

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    Gross motor skills (e.g., stand on one foot, fit inside cartons of different sizes, ascend and descend ladders and climbing structures, somersault, jump) (show details)

    Sample Core Knowledge Activities
    99 ¢ Learn More Clown Man
    Expert Created Activity
    Support your child's gross motor skills as you move and freeze to the music, imitating the clown postures.
    Sample Activities
    FREE Learn More Off to the Races (Indoors)!
    Parent Created Activity
    Create an obstacle course with masking tape on the floor around various things inside your house. For example, you can have your kids crawl through big cardboard boxes, climb ...more
    FREE Learn More Melting Candles Tag
    Parent Created Activity
    My son plays this at school - a different version of the traditional 'Freeze Tag.' One player is chosen as 'It,' and chases the other players in an attempt ...more
    Sample Books and Toys
    $31.99 Learn More Hokey Pokey Musical Skirt
    You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself about...Motion activated, this musical skirt plays "The Hokey Pokey" as your little dancer moves. Layers of pink and purple tulle make ...more
    FREE Learn More Dive, Dodge 'n Slide Bouncer
    Spring into backyard fun with this large inflatable bouncer that promises hours of entertainment for kids. A crawl-through entrance, interior obstacles and double slide in front provide countless playtime options ...more

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