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Show #5: Physical Activity

Balloon Batting

Materials

  • Two-four balloons (or beach ball)
  • Fly swatter, paper plate or other “balloon bat” if desired!

Directions

  1.     Together inflate two to four balloons
  2.     See how long child can keep balloon(s) in the air by counting aloud 1, 2, 3, and so on
  3.     Now try keeping in air two balloons and count aloud how long they stay in the air
  4.     Suggest to child they bat with different parts of body – hands, elbows, feet, head, etc.
  5.     Bat a single balloon back and forth with a partner and play balloon volleyball- no net needed
  6.     Try to keep all 4 balloons in the air with a partner

Resources

  1. Cranium Hullabaloo- 2-6 players ages 3+. Great for families to play together as you move in a number of ways from mat to mat and can have multiple winners in one game.
  2. Yoga Garden Game- won Parents’ Choice Award. Teaches preschoolers how to have fun while learning and practicing yoga.
  3. Active Songs- We shared some song that will get your child moving-  “Shake My Sillies Out” by Raffi, or any version of  “The Hokey Pokey”

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