A unique playful way to promote fitness is to invite your children to help make some “manipulatives”, and then pair them up with a connecting activity CD. For example, take an old sheet that they can decorate -- they’ve made their own personal parachute! Then watch them do the “Parachute Freeze”, from Shakin’ the Chute. Or, make some smooth 6” dowels and put out some safe paint or markers so they can embellish them with their names and favorite designs. Now they have colorful rhythm sticks to tap, tap, tap to “The Color Tap Song”, from Rhythm Sticks Rap & Tap. Here’s another guaranteed kid-pleasing activity; homemade scarves and ribbons are easy to make, and kids will love to play with them. Cut up left-over pieces of fabric in different lengths, textures and colors. Children can develop their rhythm and motor skills with activities such as “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” on Musical Scarves & Activities or “Got the Wiggles” on Ribbons and Rhythms.
You get the idea; and there are lots more. Just be creative and plan ahead. Make everyday a music and movement day. Your children will benefit, and you will feel great too!