Healthy Movement & Active Play – Pre-Kindergarten

Jumping & Hopping

Learning how to jump and hop requires balancing skills and coordination of lower and upper body movements.  When you are practicing jumping skills with your child, your child should focus on taking off on two feet, swinging his or her arms forward when she or she jumps and landing on both feet at the same time.  Swinging your arms and having balance is also important when practicing hopping on one foot.

Follow the Leader

Playing Follow the Leader can be a great way to involve your family in helping your child practice jumping and hopping.  Family members can take turns being the leader, who decides the style of movement and where you go (i.e. around the table and through the living room or across the yard and around a tree).  Your child will enjoy following as well as being the leader.  Jumping and hopping ideas include:

      • Feet barely coming off the floor, or feet coming way of the floor
      • Change speeds – fast or slow.
      • Be loud and heavy, or quietly and lightly (as though jumping on eggs and you don’t want to break them)
      • Make shapes – line, zigzag, circles, square, or triangle
      • Demonstrate Emotions – happy, sad, or mad
      • Pretend you are tall or small

English Muffin Pizzas

English Muffin

Pizza Sauce

Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Addition Toppings

Sausage, pepperoni, hamburger,

onions, green peppers, mushrooms

Lightly toast English muffins.  Place on ungreased baking sheet.  Spread each half with pizza sauce.  Places addition toppings on.  Sprinkle cheese on top.  Bake for 3 to 4 minutes at 450 degrees.