Creative Movement Activities
for Preschoolers

by THEODORE M. PHILLIPS and TEENA DUPLANTIS SANDBERG
1st ed., August 1994, 177 pages, $19.95
ISBN 978-0-89641-272-9


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Creative Movement Activities for Preschoolers is a creative and tactical approach to a successful movement program for preschoolers. It begins with an overview of movement education describing movement and activities philosophically subdivided into motor skills, sport skills, creative activities and fitness activities This book shows how a successful movement program provides a variety of motor activities that enable the participants to grow physically, emotionally and mentally. The authors show that as children move through critical learning periods, their growth and maturation can be maximized by a movement program which enhances all three domains. Several types of classification of motor skills are discussed as the authors show how to integrate each with preschool activities. This book is a guide for teachers and caregivers in helping young children master the fundamental movement patterns. Basic movement terms are defined. The activities are presented alphabetically and then listed again in the index by complexity and by movement type. There is also a chapter on songs and chants. The rationale, materials needed, construction, teaching techniques and options are given for each activity. Photographs and diagrams are also used.


CONTENTS

  • OVERVIEW OF MOVEMENT EDUCATION

  • ACTIVITIES
    Advanced Circle Ball
    Alphabet Bodies
    Animal Fun
    Ball in the Chute
    Balloons
    Balloons, Balloons, Balloons
    Birds in the Pond
    Bounce Bounce, Bunny Bounce
    Cardboard Boxes
    Caution, It's Red Light, Green Light
    Circle Ball for the Very Young
    Color Matching
    Crepe Paper Imagination
    Dill Pickles
    Don't Drop the Pumpkin
    Donkey Kick
    Doodle Bug Rolling
    Dressing Relay
    Fisherman, Fisherman, Cast Your Net
    Funny Bunny Hop
    Hopscotch Squares
    Hoola Hoops with Partners
    Hulas on the Floor
    I See
    Jumping Rope
    Leaves are Falling
    Leaves on the Trees
    Lily Pads
    Marching to the Beat
    May Pole Game
    Molding
    Mummy Wrap
    Mystery Box
    Pathways
    Popping the Balloon
    Priscilla & Pete, the Paper Plate Lady and Man
    Put Your Hand Inside Circle
    Ribbons
    Rocking Roller Coaster
    Rolling Down the Mountain
    Sandy Surprise
    Scarves
    Shapes on the Floor
    Shoe Box Skating
    Sidewalk Art
    Snowballs
    Space Plates
    Spider
    Squeegit Fun
    Surfing
    Trough the Tunnel
    Traffic
    Trees become a Forest
    Tumble Buts
    Turkey Soup
    Turtles in the Shell
    Twister
    Weaving a Web
    Willy, Willy, Wiggle Worm

  • STATION OR THEME ACTIVITIES
    Rodeo
    A Kid Size Olympics
    Water Fun Day
    SONGS AND CHANTS
    Hello Children
    Leaves are Falling to the Ground
    Witches on Her Broom
    The Turkey Song
    Pilgrims Sail the Stormy Sea
    The Action Song
    Oh Where
    Oh Where is Santa

  • APPENDICES
    Music Resources
    Index of Activities by Complexity
    Index of Activities by Movement Type
    Index of Gymnastic Activities

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Theodore M. Phillips is Professor of Physical Education at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Teena Duplantis Sandberg is Professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette. She received her M.Ed. from the University of New Orleans.