List of Simple Ways to Get Moving

1. Spread paper plates on the ground. Pretend they are rocks in a stream. Get from one side to the other without stepping in the stream.

2. Work on moving in different ways- go outside and practice walking, running, galloping, skipping, jumping and hopping. 

3. Time to march! Pretend to have your favorite instrument and march as you play. Can someone guess what instrument you are playing? Bring real instruments outside and march in a band with friends. 

4. Rainbow Run- talk about the colors of the rainbow as you name colors, run & touch 3 things that are that color. 

5. Go for a walk- breath in the air as you swing your arms and hold your head high. 

6. Take a walk; first go in straight lines, then curvy lines, and then try walking backwards. 

7. Get outside and practice running. When you are running work on pumping your arms front and back and moving in a straight line. 

8. Set up an obstacle course using things to jump over, go around, and even under. See how fast you can do it. 

9. Find an open space and work on rolling in different ways…long, straight body and a curled up small body. Rolling down a hill is fun! 

10. Blow bubbles outdoors. Chase and catch the bubble before it pops.

11. Pretend you are at a zoo. Identify an animal- move and sound like that animal.

12. Pretend to be a growing flower. First you are a tiny seed in the ground and then grow into a big flower.

13. Pretend to be a balloon – first without air, being blown up, floating around, and then being popped. 

14. Motions of the weather- use your body to pretend to be different types of weather. Rain, wind, thunder, snow…get creative. 

15. Pretend to move like different foods- melt like a popsicle or pop like popcorn.

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15 Simple Ways to Get Moving


Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building