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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Let’s Bend Have the children stand and experiment with bending forward, backward, and to both sides. Then issue the following challenges: • Touch your knees and straighten. • Touch your toes with your knees bent (to avoid strain on the lower back) and straighten up very slowly. • Touch your toes and straighten up more quickly. • Touch your toes and straighten up only halfway. Extending the Activity: Follow this up by asking the children to experiment with bending the waist, arms, and legs while kneeling, crouching, sitting, and lying on backs, stomachs, and sides (space and shape). Challenge them to bend different body parts as though in slow motion, or in “fast-forward” (time). Can they bend various body parts as though 33 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL