Walk and Stop

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Recommend for: Cognitive, Gross Motor, Toddler, Preschooler,

Categories: Sensory,Outdoor

Summary: Physical play is an important part of children’s development of gross and fine motor skills. Games such as Walk and Stop utilise their listening skills to encourage children to move and have fun. It is also a good way to use some of the physical energy that a lot of children have.

This is a game that can be played inside or outdoors. As well as encouraging children to try different ways of moving, it assists in the development of listening skills.

Activity:

Sing or chant:

“You walk and you walk and you walk and you stop, You walk and you walk and you walk and you stop, You walk and you walk and you walk and you stop, You walk and you walk and you walk and you stop.”

At each ‘stop’ everyone freezes until song/chant resumes. Change the movement for the next turn,

eg: “You skip and you skip and you skip and you stop” Or ”You jump and you jump and you jump and you stop” Or “You run and you run and you run and you stop” Or “You wriggle and you wriggle and you wriggle and you stop”

Variations:

  • When the children are familiar with the game, ask them to suggest movements for each verse.
  • Replace ‘stop’ with another movement, eg clap, nod, bow
  • Suggest animal movements for the game, eg let’s jump like kangaroos

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