A KINETIC CHRISTMAS: Candy Cane Hockey










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 satisfaction in the art and
science of impacting your world. Cognitively, they offer unique spatial
experimentation (from a straight stick to a 3D object in minutes!). And like
all forms of art and construction, they present hands-on, problem solving
opportunities.





Physically, pipe cleaners pack a sensory punch
for the fingers. And I particularly like that although they are pliable, they
present a level of resistance little fingers need to build muscle strength and
control.





And they're not even messy, if you worry about
things like that.





So here's a fun craft-meets-game idea they play up
in the North Pole!





CANDY CANE HOCKEY


Start by working with your child to make a Holly Jolly Puck and Candy Cane Stick. Here's a quick how-to...








Twist together one red and one white pipe
cleaner. Then bend the top into the hook shape.









Wrap a green pipe cleaner around a dowel.
Remove from the dowel and wrap both ends around the loops to secure. Spread to
loops to create a three dimensional puck.






GO PLAY!



GAME FOR ONE. Set up a target or goal. Note: the younger the child, the larger the goal should be.  And be sure to play on the floor. The floor gives kids the room they need to move. Tables require manners!








At first,
target practice may be all you need. It takes time for little ones to get the
"feel" of hitting the puck, then aiming it, then correcting for the
amount of force they need to make the distance between themselves and the goal.
This can be endlessly fascinating, so sit back and let her play as much as she
likes.





As she gets better at it, add challenge by
lengthening the distance to goal or making the goal smaller.





And just for the fun (and development) of it...





Alternate hands (first right, then left, then
both).


Kick the puck.


Nudge the puck with his nose, elbows, knees,
etc.


Shoot the puck through her legs upside down.


Shoot the puck around or ricocheting off obstacles.











GAME FOR TWO. Provide each child with a candy
cane stick and their own puck. Leave lots of time for warming up and getting a feel for the
game (parallel play).





Next, take one puck away and have them pass the
puck back and forth between them to get it to the goal (cooperative play). Then put the second puck back and have them simultaneously pass the pucks back and forth.





And just for the fun (and development) of it...





Make yourself a candy cane stick and act as
goalie!














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



P.S. If you'd like more information about A Moving Child Is a Learning Child, hop over to our friends at Free Spirit Publishing!































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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