“L et ’ s S tretch ”
continued Extending the Activity: The next step is to simply issue the challenges and let the children
respond in their own ways. Ask your toddlers to do these movements:
• reach for the ceiling
• kneel and stretch (“How many ways can you stretch while kneeling?”)
• sit and stretch
• lie on the back and stretch the legs toward the ceiling
• crouch low and then stretch up quickly, like a jack-in-the-box popping up
• stretch bodies high while the arms stretch low
Observation and Evaluation: Is the child able to stretch body parts in each of the direc-
tions presented? Does the child bend knees slightly when stretching forward at the waist?
Curriculum Connectors: Stretching muscles falls under the heading of science, and
contributes to flexibility, one of the health-related components of physical fitness. The
directional concepts are relative to art, but they are also prepositions (language arts) and
are central to early geometry (mathematics).
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