Liebler: Bells & butterflies
How do you get your 2-5-year-olds to sit down and relax for five minutes at a time to exercise their bodies and minds? Try imitating bells and butterflies. These two simple activities help your children improve the neuromuscular communication between their brain, nervous system and muscles, which is essential for quality relaxation and the proper organization of muscular coordination.The Butterfly Dance Sing this song as you repeat the following movements.”I’m a butterfly, I’m a butterfly, I’m moving my hands (elbows, arms, feet, knees and legs) like the wings of a butterfly.”1. Move the palms of your hands apart and together like the wings of a butterfly.2. Interlock your fingers and move your elbows apart and together. 3. Move your arms apart and together like the wings of a great big butterfly.4. Sit down on the floor with your heels together and move your feet apart and together. 5. Bend your knees and move them apart and together. 6. Straighten your legs and move them apart and together. The Ding Dong DanceSing the Ding Dong Song as you move different parts of your body like the inside of a bell!Ding dong ding dong – this is called the Ding Dong Song Ding dong ding dong – the simplest song I ever sung1. Pretend to be a bell by sitting criss-cross on the floor and moving your upper body from side to side like the inside of a bell. 2. Move your head from side to side.3. Stand up and move your hips from side to side. 4. Move your whole body from side to side as you stand on one leg then the other like the inside of a great big bell.How many other ways can you imitate the inside of a bell or a butterfly?Scott Liebler is the founder of Move to Improve and Funsical Fitness for early childhood development. Move to Improve is a program sponsored by Summit Head Start, Early Childhood Options and funded by the Summit Foundation. For more information on this program, call (303) 902-4985 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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