On the days when I go to the gym (and I wish there were more of them!), it feels good to get moving. Being surrounded by others who are working out inspires me to keep going. And when I listen to up-tempo music, my feet insist on keeping time with the beat – which makes me move a little faster and a little farther.
Here at Highlights, we want to encourage kids to get moving, too. Outdoor play is one of the best ways to make sure kids are active. But what to do on a cold or dreary, rainy day? How about putting on your own up-tempo music and join the kids in a rousing game of “Dance till the Music Stops!” (If you’re looking for a rousing song, check out the You Tube video of Big Bird and Elmo singing “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain.) Explain to your kids that they must freeze like a statue when you stop the music. You’ll probably be glad there’s a break so you can catch your breath. Your kids will be learning to control their large muscles and developing those all-important self-regulation skills that enable them to control their bodies and their emotions. And if you keep the game going for several rounds, you’ll all burn some calories and laugh, a lot.
Each month, in Highlights High Five™, we publish an action rhyme. The rhymes invite children to fly like a bird, hop like a rabbit, stretch up high, touch their toes or dance till they drop! Moving and grooving to the beat of a rhyme can tickle children’s imaginations as they lumber like a bear around the living room, prick up their ears as they hear the repeated ending sound in pairs of rhyming words, and get their heart rates up as they jump up and move!
Let us know what you do to encourage your kids to move. Thanks!