More Brain Play Variations for Preschoolers

Brain Play

Recently, I was privileged to speak on Brain Play™  at the All Hands on Deck conference for the Northern Alberta Preschool Teachers Association.  After sharing with them the benefits of Brain Play™ and moving through the eight developmental patterns with them, they all split into groups to come up with their own movement patterns. It was great fun learning new rhymes and ways to play. At the end of the session, I was asked to post each of the movement patterns everyone developed, so they would be able to reference it in the future. Here’s what they came up with. Enjoy!

1. Breath: Icky Sticky Bubble Gum

Icky sticky bubble gum, bubble gum, bubble gum

Icky sticky bubble gum,

stuck to my hair. (stick hands to your hair)

And I pulled

And I pulled

And I... pulled! (pull your hands off)

(Take a deep breath each time you try to pull the bubble gum off.)

Repeat verse inserting different body parts (shoulders, toes, etc.)

Hear the song here  http://thekidbiz.blogspot.ca/2010/07/this-song-is-great-for-teaching-little.html

2. Tacile: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Head and shoulders, knees and toes

Knees and toes

Knees and toes

Head and shoulders knees and toes

Eyes, ears, mouth and nose

(Repeat the song with different tacile movements such as rubbing, poking or scratching)

3. Core Distal: Fuzzy Caterpillar

The fuzzy caterpillar curled into a leaf. (curl into core)

She formed a little chrysalis and went fast to sleep. (rock back and forth in core)

While she was sleeping, she dreamed she could fly (continue rocking)

And, later when she woke up, she was a butterfly (stretch into distal and fly around the room)

(Repeat the poem twice, so you get the full benefit of moving from core into distal and back into core)

4. Head-Tail: How Much is that Doggy in the Window?

How much is that doggie in the window (shake head)

The one with the waggley tail (wiggle tail)

How much is that doggie in the window (shake head and wiggle tail together)

I do hope that doggie's for sale (shake head and wiggle tail together)

5. Upper and Lower:Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Head (shake head while touching it with hands)

and shoulders (shrug shoulders while touching it with hands),

knees (bounce knees while touching it with hands)

and toes (wiggle toes while touching it with hands)

Knees and toes

Knees and toes

Head and shoulders knees and toes

Eyes, ears, mouth and nose

(Repeat using bigger body parts, such as head and arms, legs and feet to ensure both halves of the body are truly mobilized.)

6. Body Sides: The Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go

Down the street (rotate right arm in large circle)

Down the street (rotate left arm in large circle)

Down the street (rotate right arm in large circle)

The wheels on the bus go

Down the street (rotate left arm in large circle)

All day long

The doors on the bus go

Open and shut (move right hand from mid-line and reach out while taking a step out with your right foot)

Open and Shut (repeat on the left)

Open and Shut (repeat on the right)

The doors on the bus go

Open and Shut (repeat on the left)

All day long

The kids on the bus go

Up and down (reach right arm up and pull down)

Up and down (repeat on left)

Up and down (repeat on right)

The kids on the bus go

Up and down (repeat on left)

All day long

The people on the bus go

Move on back (tap right foot in front, to side of body and to the back)

Move on back (repeat on left)

Move on back (repeat on right)

The people on the bus go

Move on back (repeat on left)

All day long

7. Cross-Lateral: Marching, marching (to the tune of Frère Jacques)

(Do as the lyrics say)

Marching, marching

Marching, marching

Hop, hop, hop

Hop, hop, hop

Running, running running

Running, running, running

Then, we STOP!

Then, we STOP!

8. Vestibular: The Bear Went Over the Mountain

The bear went over the mountain, (climb up the mountain while rocking from side to side)

The bear went over the mountain, (climb up the mountain while rocking from side to side)

The bear went over the mountain, (climb up the mountain while rocking from side to side)

To see what he could see. (look around)

And all that he could see, (look around)

And all that he could see, (look around)

Was tumbleweed spinning round (spin)

Tumbleweed spinning round (spin)

Tumbleweed spinning round (spin)

Was all that he could see

(Be creative! Think of other objects in nature- snowflakes twirling round, rocks tumbling down...)

This post was submitted by Mel Gibb, one of our Certified Intellidance® Instructors. Click here to read more about Mel or see her class schedule.