WATCH ME MOVE MY BODY!
A DREN’S CTIVITIE
S Bodies in Motion
Create a ten-minute video showing people (and animals) in motion. Include
children in the class, family members, other children and adults in the pro-
gram, and strangers (with permission). Make sure the video represents a
diverse population, including both males and females of different ages, eth-
nicities, and levels of mobility. Movement ideas include crawling, walking,
sliding, running, biking, skiing, hang gliding, skating (roller, ice-, or in-line),
golfing, swimming, weight lifting, dancing, exercising, washing a car, playing
ball, practicing yoga, hopping, jumping, rocking, bending, climbing, horse-
back riding, hiking, climbing stairs, moving in a wheelchair, and walking with
Show the video to children. Encourage them to talk about who they saw,
what parts of the body they saw being moved, and what kinds of movement they
noticed. Point out to children that people who look different from one another
(for example, in gender, ethnicity, age, length of hair, color of skin, and so on)
can participate successfully in physical activity. Ask them how they think the
people in the video feel as they get ready to move, as they are moving, and after
they move. Introduce words that describe the movements. Write down the words
so children can see them. Explain that moving our bodies helps us grow strong
and stay healthy.
a video camera, a viewing device for the video, a whiteboard or chart paper,
Arrange a trip to a community gym
so children can see people working
out, or visit a physical education class
at a local school.
LPET Visit a sports team during practice
so children can interview the play-
ers about why they play, what body
parts they move during practice,
and how they stay fit.
LPSE Visit a gymnastics or dance class or
attend a dance recital, or invite a
gymnastics or dance teacher to the
classroom to demonstrate some ways
they move their bodies.
LPSE Visit a cheerleading squad, dance
team, color guard, or flag team
during practice. Ask members what
body parts they exercise.