GETTING THE WIGGLES OUT…. Incorporating Movement Activities for Preschool-Aged Children in Small Spaces. …WITHOUT A LOT OF WIGGLE ROOM!. Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise
good condition of every human being,
while movement and
methodical physical exercise
save it and preserve it.
We look instead of play. We ride instead of walk.Our existence deprives us of the minimum of physical activity essential for healthy living.”
~ John F. Kennedy, 1961
“Physical fitness is not only one of
the most important keys to a
healthy body, it is the basis
of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled,
and today, approximately 1 in 5
four-year-old children in America
is obese.Childhood obesity – a weighty issue
Is it developmentally appropriate to expect young children (2-4 years old) to sit still for 30+ minutes at a time?
Young children learn
with their bodies –
movement helps children
concepts & vocabulary
Children (especially preschool-aged) naturally have lots of energy and enthusiasm –
they move because they NEED to!
Many are not given appropriate physical outlets
for this abundant energy!
(spend many hours sedentary - sitting, waiting, standing in line, watching tv, sitting in car seats)
even older children –sitting in school all day, some without recess or P.E.…
AND at least 60 minutes of unstructured physical activity each day!
Fig. 1: If a body is permanently inactive, brain activity is reduced.
was on to something!Storytime outside the Bookmobile-Notice how she does not require that they all sit still or lined up in neat rows…I love this!
up high!ACTION RHYMES Inside the BookWagon(a very small space!)
If we do these, they will be able to (WANT TO) sit longer & for longer stories – develop attention span & self-regulationImplement movement activities safely and in a manner that encourages appropriate behavior and sustained attention to stories and early literacy activities
In order to have self-control, a child first needs a physical sense of self (Learning where their bodies begin & end)
Watch them Learning!
Early Childhood Services Coordinator
First Regional Library