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GdHrtdTchr 10-25-2017 01:16 PM

Ideas for Gross Motor for PK-K
I am teaching K-5 computers, but for 2 periods/week, I now go to the PreK/K class so that teacher can have adequate prep time. The kids are certainly very cute. I was told to do gross motor activities. I think I have a fair amount of flexibility to this, as long as the students are doing something useful and the teacher gets her break. Thus far, I have done some songs/movement such as "Hokey Pokey," "Father Abraham," and "Stomp Stomp Clap" (from Physical Ed.) I've also done some nursery rhymes and finger plays like "Where is Thumbkin" -- tying it to the keyboarding they will be doing with me when they are older. I've thought I might doing "Monkeys on the Bed" and "If You're Happy and You Know It" next time. I have also done some dramatic story telling. The kids really remember quite a bit.

Does anyone have other ideas? Or could you refer me to a couple of helpful sites? It has been fun so far and I know I can repeat things with them, but I feel like I could "run out of ideas" before Thanksgiving.

Thanks for any help. I haven't done pre-school for more than a day since I was in high-school.

playpower 10-25-2017 03:24 PM

gross motor
Other ideas:
"There were 10 in the Bed" (Rollover song)

"Duck, Duck, Goose"
"Red Light Green Light"
"Simon Says"
"Head Shoulders Knees and Toes"

Bean bags are also great for gross motor. You can have them take turns tossing them to each other, balancing with them on their head, etc...
Animal actions--move like various animals.
Stretching (sit on the floor and touch their toes, reach to the sky, etc...)

If you have the capability of purchasing some music CDs, I highly recommend Greg & Steve. They have great songs for movement.

Good luck and have fun! :)

Gimet 10-25-2017 08:32 PM

Gross Motor Activities

balance beam (Three Billy Goats)
jumping, hopping on one foot, both feet
throwing, catching,kicking a ball, running, galloping, skipping, creative movement, dancing
bowling (use empty soda containers or creamer containers) and ball
accuracy kick (stacked empty soda or juice cans) and ball
run to cone and back
kick ball, t-ball, shooting baskets
riding tricycles/ cars
draw a ladder with chalk on playground, add numbers in each block (fire safety unit)
Steve and Greg (The World is a Rainbow, Animal Action, Hokey Pokey,....)

GdHrtdTchr 10-26-2017 04:28 AM

Thanks for Gross Motor Ideas
Thanks Gimet and Playpower!!! These are great! Head and shoulders is the one I did first that I couldn't remember when I was typing my original post. I remember that I made a mental note to do it MUCH slower next time. I have a Greg and Steve CD or 2 somewhere. 'Used 'em when I taught first for brain breaks. I will look a bit and otherwise use youtube or Amazon. I could go to DonorsChoose, but this classroom seems pretty "hooked up" compared to what I've usually seen. They are Montessori and maybe have additional funding.

Thanks so very much (both of you)!!

forkids2 10-27-2017 02:35 AM

The Learning Company
"Stomp Stomp Clap" (from Physical Ed.) - sounds like the one I do with my pre-k class by The Learning Company. They have many great music and movement videos on YouTube. I also love Jack Hartman's movement and learning videos. Patty Shukla is another with movement set to music.

GdHrtdTchr 11-05-2017 02:30 PM

Gross Motor Ideas Appreciated
Thanks ForKids2! Yes, Stomp, Stomp, Clap is from Learning Company. I will check out the others. This is an adorable group of about 14-16. Even Follow the Leader worked well. My next visit will include "Duck Duck Goose along with some of the above ideas. Thanks to all who shared!

luvtulearn 11-07-2017 11:22 PM

My tk students used to love," A tisket, a tasket, a green and yellow basket, I wrote a letter to my love and on the way I dropped it,I dropped it, I dropped it. "

--sidewalk chalk drawings

--make body bridges ( holding plank positions) and drive toys under the bridge

--bean bag toss

--create human shapes using frisbees as corners

--for science create human molecules. . . solid molecules are tight ( squish inside hula hoops)
gas molecules are more free floating, loose and gliding. etc. . .

cfsanders 02-09-2018 11:27 PM is the BEST site for gross motor activities. It is very interactive and there are activities appropriate for all different age ranges. Some of them are even educational. You create an account (it's free!) and then you choose a "champ". As the kids complete activities their champ levels up and transforms. The kids LOVE it!

Another great one is Cosmic Kids Yoga. You can buy the DVD's but you can also just view them on their youtube channel. Ms. Jamie has a lovely New Zealand accent and she teaches yoga while telling a fun story. The videos range in length, but my preschoolers would do an entire 30 minute video. I got yoga mats donated and cut in half they are the perfect size for preschoolers. My assistant and I even got into it!

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