Near their seat a child can experience what we’ll call SPACIAL MOVEMENT…Creating movement within their own personal space.
Giving a time sequence of 15-30 seconds per movement, depending on the age of the child or children, give a spacial directive they must create in SILENCE.
Teacher/Parent: “When I give a movement you are to move that way, in your space, until I give you the next movement, OK , …make yourself…”
If you see the children are struggling with coming up with original movements you can add a slight narration to keep things moving…”TALL like a building or a tree….SMALL like a bug or a piece of dust…LOUD like a marching band or a highway….SLOW like a peanut butter or mud…etc.
*(To make it “MORE THAN MOVEMENT” …you can it a music activity by playing music in the background while the students move… you can make it an art project by having them move a crayon across a paper instead of physically moving or finding pictures in magazines that show these movements and make a collage…you can turn it into a creative writing exercise by having them write a story using as many of the movement terms as they can…the possibilities are endless!)
The main idea is to keep moving and using creativity throughout the day. After sitting for a while in a classroom or sitting in a car, kids need to move. Trust me. Guess what? Teachers and parents do too. Join in the fun. Maybe if you do it often enough you can cancel that Pilates class!!