One is An Ant
Gross Motor: To build on large muscles and body awareness to master physical activities such as sitting, crawling, walking, running, climbing, jumping and much more.
This is a creative active activity involving ants, giraffes, fishes, and bunnies that will encourage children to pretend to be different creatures while they explore a variety of actions using body movement.
You will need:
- Space for you and your toddler to move around
- The little snowman bunny rhyme (under Directions)
- Choose an indoor or outdoor space where you and your toddler have plenty of space to move like animals (i.e. an ant).
- Use the little snowman bunny rhyme:
One is an ant who’s oh so small
Two’s a giraffe who is tall, tall, tall!
Three is a fish who swims around…
Four is a bunny jumping up and down!
- Sing the rhyme the first time, sing and start moving your body to corresp
ond to the words. For example,
- “One is an ant who’s oh so small” [squat down]
- “Two’s a giraffe who is tall, tall, tall!” [arms up in the air or walk on tip-toes]
- “Three is a fish who swims around…” [arms out above head, hands touching]
- “Four is a bunny jumping up and down!” [arms up and hands towards chest, then jump]
- As you sing the rhyme, notice your toddler’s actions and be sure to broadcast their actions. This lets your toddler become aware of their body movement and promotes language.
- For example, “Louis your arms are above your head!” or “Priya you’re on your tippy-toes”
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Some children who require mobility devices need more opportunity to build physical physical fitness. These tips help your child develop physical strength.
- Floor mat
Consider taking your toddler out of the mobility device and laying them on a floor mat with some pillows for support
Sit across from your toddler while you say the rhyme and share movements, for example hold hands
Encourage your toddler to streatch their arms by supporting them with your hands under their arms (if needed)
With your toddler, touch feet and stomp them on the ground
Nurture, Explore & Share
- if you support your toddler's movements by holding hands and touching feet
- Your toddler will develop full body balance
- Your toddler will want to imitate you
- Sing and move to the animal rhyme
- Be excited to do the active movement activity even more
- Pretend to move like animals
- Develop body awareness and movement (i.e. tippy-toes and jump with both feet)
- Use imagination as they explore different body movement
- Provide opportunities to be active and sing rhymes
- Enjoy learning body movement activities
- Represent their knowledge about how animals move
Enriching Learning Through the Everyday Moments
- Post pictures of the same animals from the rhyme onto the wall, then sing the rhyme. This gives your toddler a visual image of each animal. Pictures can be taken from old magazines, calendars, online, or draw your own.
- To extend body movements, post pictures of different animals on the wall as you sing the rhyme. This allows toddlers to notice similar or different animal movements (i.e. running, standing, stretching, eating).
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