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Balloon Batting (Gross Motor)

Practicing body mechanics, color and counting skills

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  •  Together inflate four balloons - two blue and two yellow
  •  See how long child can keep in the air one blue balloon (count aloud) by batting with their hands
  •  Now try keeping in air two balloons - one yellow and one blue (count aloud) by batting with hands
  •  Suggest to child they bat with different parts of body - hands, elbows, feet, head, etc.
  •  Have child pick one color and bat balloon back and forth with a partner
  •  Try to keep all four balloons in the air with a partner
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Extend

When batting all four balloons, let child say out loud the color of the balloon that is being hit

Materials

  • Four balloons - two blue and two yellow

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Circle
  • Color - Blue
  • Number - Two, 2
  • Alphabet Letters - B, F
  • Senses - Hearing
  • Character Trait - Joyfulness
  • Target Words - Big, Bigger, Happy, Small

Monthly Proverb

Unknown  “Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day."

Did You Know?

“A 3-year-old toddler's brain is twice as active as an adult's brain.”- Sean Brotherson, NDSU

Books to Read

"Color Dance"
by Ann Jonas (Activity 8)

"The Grouchy Ladybug"
Eric Carle (Activity 12)

"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom"
by Bill Martin and John Archambault (Activity 4)

Music Playlist

"Jump Up It’s A Good Day"
by Brady Rymer Album Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could (Children) (Activity 10)

"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes "
by Countdown Kids Album 100 Silly Songs (Children) (Activity 24)

"Joyfulness"
by Nabil David Huening Album Children’s Virtues Songs (Children) (Activity 13)

"If You’re Happy and You Know It "
by Dora the Explorer Album Party Favorites (Activity 26)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Touch Your Nose

(Activity 25 Month 2)

Touch your nose, touch your chin, That’s the way this game begins. 

Touch your eyes, Touch your knees; Now pretend you’re going to sneeze.  

Touch your hair, Touch one ear; Touch your two red lips right here.  

Touch your elbows where they bend, 

That’s the way this touch game ends.