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Balls, Beanbags, Parachutes and More

It may just seem like all fun and games but there are also very important physical and cognitive benefits to play and structured activities. These types of activities are particularly good for children with special needs and also for group fun at daycare centres and preschools. Educational Esteem has an extensive range of great resources from Kimbo Educational – a family-run company that specialises in music and movement.

Ball Activity Fun is aimed at ages 3+ and has songs and games set around ball activities that will improve coordination. The excitement and fun of the ball games are sure to delight and engage kids and their caregivers who will appreciate the easy-to-follow guide included.

Bean Bag Rock ‘n’ Roll channels the great music from the 1950s and 1960s to create this fun resource for 3-9 year olds that promotes coordination, team work, following directions and spatial awareness. If you’ve got a set of bean bags and this CD you can groove and move to tunes like “Happy Days”, “Rock Around The Clock”, “See You Later Alligator” and “Blue Suede Shoes”.

Parachutes are a great, colourful way to encourage cooperation, promote social interaction and are an inclusive activity not dependant on ability. You can pick up a parachute from specialist education stores or teacher supplies websites.

A world of Parachute Play features activities for 4 to 8 year olds that improve skills and coordination. Parachute activities set to songs like “Hakuna Matata” “Macarena” and “Hava Nagila” also encourages teamwork and listening skills. A guide with lyrics and instructions is included. Shakin’ the Chute is all about fitness and imaginative play with a parachute and has routines set to fun and engaging music. The activities are ideal for circle time, arrival and departure activities or physical education classes.

Ribbons and Rhythms is a resource for movement activities that features diverse music like African, Reggae, Cha Cha and rap. Grab ribbons or scarves and twirl and whirl along to the routines that encourage movement, imaginative play and improved motor skills. Following on with the rhythmic theme, Lummi Sticks for Kids has 12 routines created specifically for children at the preschool and primary level. Lummi Sticks, also known as rhythm sticks are named after the Lummi Native American people and are incredibly popular instruments in schools. They are also lots and lots of fun! The routines on this CD develop fine and gross motor skills, increase listening skills and promote rhythmic awareness.

So get your rhythm sticks and parachutes ready for some serious fun and games.


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