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Beanbag Balance (Gross Motor)

Moving to song "Por Una Cabeza" (or other song) and having beanbag fun

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This activity is fun to do while listening to music.  Play song “Por Una Cabeza” or another song

  • Using a beanbag, ask child to place on head and walk around the room
  • Walk on tiptoes with beanbag on head
  • Walk fast with beanbag on head
  • Walk on knees with beanbag on head
  • Walk backwards with beanbag on head
  • Twirl with beanbag on head
  • Sit at table and drink glass of water with beanbag on head (encourage them to ask for a straw if needed)

*See below on how to make a homemade beanbag & remember to join in the fun with your child!


This can be such a fun and creative activity for a child to come up with his own ways to use a bean bag.  For example, place beanbag on back of hand and use a slide motion to move across a room, OR place on top of foot and hop on one leg to the couch, etc.


  • Song "Por Una Cabeza" by Carlos Gardel; Album "The Very Best" or a different song
  • beanbag
  • glass of water

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Oval
  • Color - Brown
  • Number - Nine, 9
  • Alphabet Letters - Q, T, L
  • Senses - Sight
  • Character Trait - Friendliness
  • Target Words - Fast, Front, Sort, Same

Monthly Proverb

Spanish - Tell me who you’re with and I’ll tell you who you are

Did You Know?

"The brain develops rapidly during the first five years and quality preschool programs can have a profound impact during this time.” CA First 5

Books to Read

"Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On"
by Lois Ehlert (Activity 7)

"Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"
by Bill Martin (Activity 8) (audio book available) (NOTE: Please look for the 25th anniversary edition where the text is back to the original wording)

"Old Henry"
by Joan Blos (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"The Alphabet Song"
Album: Big Don’s Big Beat (Activity 5)

"Por Una Cabeza by Carlos Gardel"
Album: The Very Best (Activity 20)

"The Turtle Song"
by Suzi Shelton Album Simply Suzi (Activity 11)

Monthly Materials List

Click Here to view the list!

Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

There Was A Little Turtle

(Activity 11 Month 11)

There was a little turtle who lived in a box.

He swam in the water, he climbed on the rocks.  

He snapped at a mosquito, he snapped at a flea, he snapped at a minnow and he snapped at me.

He caught that mosquito, he caught that flea, he caught that minnow, but he didn’t catch me.

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

(Activity 19 Month 11)

Now I lay me down to sleep.  

I’ll count these hands instead of sheep.  

Help me to remember these friends I made.      

And all the wonderful times we played.