Get active: Keep-fit workout

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By Sally Grayearly years teacher and writer

Introduce the children to these great ways to get active

Keep-fit workout

1 Children’s health centre

Explore the benefits of exercise

Physical Development

Health and Bodily Awareness

Development matters: show emerging autonomy in self-care (22-36 months); show some understanding that good practices with regard to exercise, eating, sleeping and hygiene can contribute to good health (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: recognise the importance of keeping healthy, and those things which contribute to this.

What you need

Group size: small groups.

Role-play area; healthy living posters; toy medical equipment such as stethoscopes; soft mat; music player; music for dancing or exercising.

What to do

Invite the children to help set up the role-play area as a children’s health centre with posters and toy medical equipment. Nearby, include an exercise mat, together with a music player and music for dancing or jogging to on the spot.

Talk about the health centre together and explain that it is important to get regular exercise. Show the children the mat and music that you have provided, and demonstrate some of the moves they can do on it, such as jogging or hopping on the spot. Talk about what happens to your heartbeat after you have exercised and demonstrate how to use the toy stethoscopes in the health centre to check their heart rates.

End the session by encouraging the children to carry out some bending and stretching exercises on the mat.

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