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A KINETIC CHRISMTAS: Chimney Tricks!

Gambar
Day 8


The Chimney Challenge

FROM JUMPING
TO SKIPPING (Approximately 2+ years)









SPATIAL AWARENESS: WILL I FIT?

Now, this might sound funny, but kids often
don't have an intuitive sense of whether or not they can fit in a space.
That's one of the reasons they bump into things a lot and even get themselves stuck sometimes.




Activities where a child can experience the
size of his body in relation to the space he's in gives his brain rich
sensory inputs about the current size and contours himself.
And I think
that's why kids love tunnels. They're discovering themselves! (And it also explains how Santa knows he'll fit down all those chimneys!)









SANTA NEEDS CHIMNEY PRACTICE!

Just like all the Kinetic Christmas activities,
this can be played any time of year, but for the holidays, here's a fun way to
stage the game...




Everyone has been so good this year, Santa has more presents than
ever to deliver! And he's a bit worried about that because there are so many different
kinds of chi…

A KINETIC CHRISTMAS: Candy Cane Hockey

Gambar
Day 9

CANDY CANE HOCKEY

FROM HOPPING
TO SKIPPING (Approximately 3+ years)







MUSCLE EQUALITY

In our new book, A Moving Child Is a Learning Child we talk about the need to reframe how we look at movement in the early
years. For instance, on the Kinetic Scale you might have noticed that there is
no reference to "gross" and "fine" motor skills. That's
because, in my view, all muscles, big and small, need the Power, Coordination,
and Control necessary to get a child where she wants to go and do what she wants to do when she gets there.





The following activity is a great example of
the kind of "muscle equality" little ones need for optimal growth and
development.










A PASSION FOR PIPE CLEANERS

This may just be me, but I have to say, pipe
cleaners rock!




Pipe cleaners are one of the most cooperative
playmates I know.
They bend to a child's will and stay that way until she
changes her mind.




Pipe cleaners are open to interpretation,
creatively pliable, and produce instant, tactile …