In this quick "get the wiggles out" activity, you will lead the children in a short series of stretching and breathing exercises.Begin standing with arms at your sides. Ask the children to breath in as they bring their arms slowly out to the sides and then up overhead. Then as they exhale let the arms slowly float down.
Repeat the exercise but stop when arms are overhead. Tell the children to breathe out. Then tell them that over their heads high above in the sky are stars. Show them how to reach their hands over-head one at a time and to pick the stars from the sky until they are holding a star in each hand. Then show them how to throw the stars across their bodies so that they cross the sky like shooting stars one at a time.
Have them shake out one foot and then the other, and then both hands.
Have them start in a crouching or squatting position. Show them how to take a deep breath and as they do to fill up like a balloon until they are as tall and full as possible. Then show them how to let all of the air out until they are crouched down on the floor like a shriveled balloon.
If they need calming down you can repeat the first exercise once or twice.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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