A KINETIC CHRISTMAS: Reindeer Reins











Day 4


Reindeer Reins


FROM RUNNING
TO SKIPPING (Approximately 2+ years)









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JUST RUN!


Have you
ever noticed kids run whenever they want and nobody thinks twice about it? They
don't need to go to buy running gear. They don't need to stretch out first.
They don't need ear buds or a pedometer. They run because it feels good. And
while they're running, all that speed is giving them a sense of confidence in
their own power. Just like a reindeer...













Reindeer
Reins is best outdoors, but can easily be converted to a large indoor space if
the weather's not cooperating. Fun for two or more kids, or just the two of
you.





GET READY:
Create chimney tops from paper, wood blocks, or whatever you have at hand. We've also provided a printable if that's
easier for you (attached to the bottom of the post.)





Scatter your
chimney tops in different locations around the yard.





Take a
ribbon or piece of tinsel and wrap it under the child's arms and around his chest. If you have
more than one child playing the reindeer, create reins for each and tie them in
a knot as a handle for the sleigh driver to hold.





Hand the
reins to the sleigh driver and they're ready to go.











The goal of each round should be to go as FAST as they can TOGETHER AS A TEAM. And be sure to change roles so that each child has a chance to be the reindeer or the sleigh driver. Start simply, adding complexity as they go. For instance...





COOPERATIVE
PLAY. Encourage the kids to run as fast as they can, working together to "steer"
towards every chimney top and back to the North Pole.








LEADERSHIP
PLAY. Encourage them to decide who will lead the route --either the
reindeer or sleigh driver. When they return from their rounds, reverse roles
and have the other child lead.





MEMORY
ROUND. Have the children map out their route together. When they return, ask them to do it again from memory. When
they return, reverse roles, and see if they can repeat
the route one more time.





FLYING
NUMERACY. Number the chimney tops and have them go in order, 1-2-3, etc. If they're
ready for it, have them retrace their steps, 3-2-1 to return to the North Pole.





CHIMNEY COLORS. Make the chimney
tops different colors. Call out the order and have him land on each top in
order. See if they can fly in a rainbow pattern too!









Wishing you a happy,
healthy, active holiday season!















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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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