Move and Groove: A Fun and Active Programme for 4-7 Year Olds

May 9, 2024by Learning Bugs

Move and Groove: A Fun and Active Programme for 4-7 Year Olds

Keeping young children active isn't just about structured workouts – it's about creating a love for movement and having fun! This programme focuses on engaging activities that disguise exercise as play, keeping your 4-7 year olds moving and grooving without feeling like a chore.

Warm-Up Wiggles (5 Minutes):

    • Animal Walk Safari: Pretend to be different animals and move like them. Waddle like penguins, hop like bunnies, swing like monkeys, and slink like snakes!
    • Shake Your Sillies Out: Play upbeat music and encourage your child to shake every part of their body – their arms, legs, heads, and even their silly wiggles!

Active Adventures (20-30 Minutes):

    • Obstacle Course Challenge: Set up a simple obstacle course using pillows, blankets, chairs, and toys. Have them crawl under tunnels, climb over pillows, and jump over obstacles. Time them for an extra challenge!
    • Dance Party Extravaganza: Turn on their favorite music and have a dance party! Jump, twirl, wiggle, and shake those hips! You can even add props like scarves or ribbons for extra fun.
    • Follow the Leader Freeze: Take turns being the leader and guide everyone through different movements – jumping jacks, high knees, tiptoes, or silly walks. Then call out "freeze" and everyone has to hold their position until the next leader starts.
    • Treasure Hunt Twist: Plan a scavenger hunt around the house or garden. Hide small toys or treats and incorporate movement into the clues. For example, "Do 10 jumping jacks to find the next clue!"

Cool-Down Corner (5 Minutes):

    • Yoga for Little Yogis: Introduce basic yoga poses like downward facing dog, mountain pose, and child's pose. Explain how yoga helps us stretch and relax after exercise.
    • Breathing Buddies: Have your child lie down comfortably and place a stuffed animal on their belly. Ask them to take slow, deep breaths and watch their "breathing buddy" rise and fall with each breath.


    • Keep it Short and Sweet: Attention spans for young children are short, so aim for activities that last 15-30 minutes.
    • Make it Fun!: Use playful language, upbeat music, and positive reinforcement to keep your child engaged.
    • Lead by Example: Show your enthusiasm for exercise! Participate in the activities with your child and show them how much fun it can be to be active.
    • Variety is Key: Rotate through different activities to keep things interesting and prevent boredom.

Bonus Tip: Incorporate movement into everyday routines! Turn chores into mini-games, walk to the park instead of driving, or have dance breaks between homework time.

This programme provides a framework, but feel free to adjust the activities to suit your child's interests and abilities. The most important thing is to create a joyful and active environment, encouraging your little ones to develop a lifelong love for movement and stay healthy!

FITNESS IS FUN OUTDOOR: Fitness and Physical Activity; Fun Games and Activities; Live for the Moment; Wellness; Wellbeing; How to be Healthy; ... for Exercise; Living Healthier

Do you want to encourage your child to be fit?

Encourage happy play!

In this book, young dragon friends rediscover fitness as fun and movement outdoor. Whether "large or stout, small or tall, play is what it's all about!" Balanced with body image, treats, rest, friend and solo play, this book is about playful action. The dragons rediscover games of yesterday and today! See what games the dragons play!

Enjoy this rhyming snappy tribute to outdoor play. This is a fun "read-aloud" book for children aged 3 to 8. Colorful, fun images will delight! The verses are short and simple enough for beginner readers. This is not a fact book of dos and don'ts. This is a fun book that will entice your child to run outdoor to play! Enjoy!

This book is for you if you want to teach your child:

  • Lifelong fitness, wellness, and health each day through play.
  • Fitness is not hard work. Fitness is fun! The solution is play!
  • Delight in fun reminders of outdoor games of yesterday and today. Discover the dragons' fun games and activities!
  • With play, fitness is easy! Started early, the motivation for exercise is lifelong! Children will gain motivation in fitness and enjoy the healthiest lifestyle.
  • Dragons/children are happiest when moving and at play!

Start young and your child will be living healthier for life!

The power of play and friendships are vital for overall wellbeing.

This book offers playful reminders without pressure.

This book is a fun, easy read!

As a psychologist, the author has dedicated her career to promoting overall health. With children, she advises doing so in playful, gentle ways.

Nutritionists, doctors, and weight management centers, please consider offering this playful book to your young patients. It puts smiles on their faces and encourages activity without pressure.

If you want to encourage your child to be fit and have fun reading, this book is for you!

Can it be that easy? Yes, the solution is play!

Can you guess what games the young dragons play?

Order this playful children's book today to encourage your child's lifelong fitness through play.

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