A KINETIC CHRISTMAS: Be The Tree!











Be the Tree


FROM WALKING
TO HOPPING (Approximately 1-4 years)







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A BIT ABOUT INTUITION...


Today's
activity focuses on the Intuition Physicality. The technical term for it is
proprioception. The simple definition is understanding our bodies in relation
to our physical world, which is important because the body is the brain's
best tool for early learning. And as any craftsman will tell you, knowing your
tools is half the battle!





One of the
critical aspects of Intuition is Body Awareness -- understanding the size,
shape, and componentry of your own body. Now, I realize that might sound a bit
odd, but in fact,
young children aren't
born with a complete understanding of their physical self. Instead, they "learn
their body" by using their body. And that means
movement.





Building a
child's sense of Intuition is a process that takes many years, yet much of it
goes unnoticed by adults. Like all of
the Physicalities, Intuition is not a milestone you can "check off."
Instead, think of it as infrastructure... the behind the scenes development
that makes all the milestones we do see possible.
And all it really takes
is a time, a well-balanced diet of play and stimulation, and room to move.











When you
think about it, kids have a lot in common with Christmas trees. The minute they're
up, they're the center of attention. They wait and wait and wait for
Santa.  And while they're waiting,
they love to dress up! So I got to wondering what it would be like to be the
tree!




ME THE TREE


Start a
discussion with your child about the Christmas tree, using sensory information as a start.  For instance, how tall is it? What
color is it? What does it smell like? Then encourage her imagination.
"I wonder what the tree thinks about?" "I wonder what kind of
ornament the tree would like to wear?"







Next, invite
her to make an ornament on a piece of paper or out of any other craft material
you'd like to use. (Note: we've included a printable if that's helpful for you.
See the bottom of this post.)








Once the
child has the ornament ready, suggest it might be fun to find out what it's
like to be a Christmas tree. 
Encourage
her to "hang" her ornament on herself, anywhere she'd like. Next,
suggest she hang the ornament from different parts of her body such as her elbow, her knee, her chin, her nose,
etc. (Assist as needed depending on the child's maturity, but in each case, narrate
the body words as she decorates herself.)











YOU THE TREE


Understanding
her own body gives her essential cues to understanding others. Suggest you'd
like a turn playing the tree, and invite her to hang her ornament on you,
anywhere she'd like. Again, suggest different body parts. Can you hang the
ornament on my tummy? My ear? My shoulder?





TREE THE TREE


Then, work with her to transfer her own Body Awareness to a two-dimensional, symbolic format. Using the printable (see below) encourage her to hang the ornament on
Tree the Tree anywhere she'd like. Next, suggest she hang the ornament on
Tree's head, tummy, arm, nose, leg, etc. Note that the illustration only
defines facial features. Watch to see how she imagines where Tree's body
parts are. This should give you some clues to what she intuitively knows (and what she still
needs to learn) about her own body.











And when you're done, help her hang her ornament on your
family tree.
  After all, Christmas
Trees love to dress up!





Wishing you a happy,
healthy, active holiday season!










Moving Smart Printable
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A KINETIC CHRISTMAS


BLOG SERIES








24 DAYS OF ACTIVE HOLIDAY PLAY!












DAY 1: A KINETIC CHRISTMAS











DAY 2: CANDY-CANE-GO-ROUND











DAY 3: BE THE TREE 















DAY 4: REINDEER REINS 














DAY 5: CHRISTMAS CRAWL












DAY 6: ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE


















DAY 7: WALRUS WORDS











DAY 8: CHIMNEY TRICKS!









DAY 9: CANDY CANE HOCKEY








DAY 10: JINGLE RINGS








DAY 11: THREE HEADED GINGERBREAD MONSTER








DAY 12: SANTA SAYS! 








DAY 13: SANTA CLAUS WAY








DAY 14: INDOOR SNOW!










DAY 15: MAKE YOUR OWN BLIZZARD







DAY 16: FROSTY STACKS






DAY 17: REINDEER RELAY

















DAY 18: LITTLE DRUMMER KIDS







DAY 19: TINSEL TOES








DAY 20: JINGLE TAG 
























DAY 21: NUTCRACKER JIG








DAY 22: SANTA'S SACK






DAY 23: PASS THE PRESENTS






DAY 24: MAKING MAGIC


















































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