This time of year can be difficult for you, depending on where you live. In many parts of the U.S. March is one of the most unpredictable weather seasons.
For example, on the day I am typing this, we had snow, rain, wind and then 46 degree (farenheight) temperatures within an 8 hour span. This evening, it is 21 degrees!
Weather sometimes prevents us from getting outside. However, we need to get outside when we can and if we can not, we need a back up plan!
Standing up doing the Hokey Pokey does NOT replace gross motor/recess/active movement time!
If you have room in your program, assign a specific place to provide “Indoor Playground” time! We had small bikes, balls, balance beams, etc. and created a space for children to burn off steam together indoors.
I’m not talking about planned activities like Parachute Play or Relay Races here. Those are fun and can be added. What I’m talking about is FREE gross motor playtime where the children have lots of active choices, as they do outside!
Also, when “the weather outside is frightful…” add activities throughout the day that promote the use of your children’s core muscles as well as their arms and legs!
For example, at Circle Time, talk about ways to get or stay healthy and act them out.
In this activity, the children print their names on a card. You print their “stay healthy” response on the card.
When done, show each card and act them out: Dance, walk, play baseball…figure out how to act out “eating gooder” 😉
There are many more activities to add to your day. How about finger painting.
What? Finger painting? How is THAT promoting core development?
Well, they are reaching across their paper, moving their arms, etc.
And, you might take the chairs away from the tables so they can stand and reach across the table while painting!
Again, you don’t need to have one week of a “Fitness Theme” (although, again, that would also be awesome!).
You can simply incorporate one activity a day or a week!
And yes, I have a page for this!
Click here for a full page of Preschool Fitness and Exercise activities you can use! Until next time,