A KINETIC CHRISMTAS: Chimney Tricks!













Day 8


The Chimney Challenge


FROM JUMPING
TO SKIPPING (Approximately 2+ years)








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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 chimneys. Some chimneys are big and some are small. Some are long,
others short. Some are wide and some are skinny! 
Santa has decided he needs to practice his chimney skills. Can you
be Santa's helper?





GETTING READY: Find several different sized
boxes. (Be sure they're all big enough or the child to crawl through.) Open up
both ends and lay them out around the room as tunnels. 
By varying the size of the boxes, he's getting a different intuitive sense of the size of his body and how he fits into different kinds of spaces.





Next, gather some "presents" from
things you have handy and put them in a bin (the sleigh). Balls, soft toys, and toy
vehicles, work great for this game. Try to vary the size of the objects from
large to small.





Just like Santa, the object of the game is to get all the presents through the chimneys. Explore different ways to tunnel through, insuring your child takes time to go through each one. To get you started, here's how Santa does it











SANTA'S TOP 10 FAVORITE CHIMNEY TRICKS!


ONE AT A TIME. Take one present at a time and
see how quickly you can tunnel through the chimney to empty Santa's sleigh.
(For younger children, place the present at the end of the tunnel to entice
them to crawl through.) When he's ready, have him try to manage getting two or
more presents through the chimney at a time.





COMMANDO CHIMNEY. Crawling on your belly using
your elbows.





SEAL IN THE CHIMNEY. Wiggle through on your
belly, keeping your arms at your side.





WORM IN THE CHIMNEY. Wiggle through the chimney
on your back.





FORWARDS-BACKWARDS. Crawl to the edge of the
box to deliver the present then back out.





BACKWARDS-FORWARDS. Crawl backwards through the
box, deliver the present, then crawl forwards to get back to the sleigh.





CHIMNEY SWEEP. There's soot on the walls inside
the chimney. Make you way through withOUT touching the sides!





THE CANDY CANE CHIMNEY. As he crawls through,
have him stop, roll over, and then make his way through to the other side.





THE LONGEST CHIMNEY! Lay all the boxes end to
end to create the longest chimney ever!





THE TALLEST CHIMNEY. While you have the longest
chimney set up, thread a rope through to tunnel. Hold on to one end and have
the child pull himself through using the rope, as if he's climbing up just like
Santa! (This is great for upper body strength.)





THE CHIMNEY COURSE. Lay out a tinsel trail
around the room and through one or more of the boxes you have to create a
winding path for him to crawl along.














Wishing you a happy, healthy, and active
holiday season!








































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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