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Kinesthetic Lessons for Toddlers and Preschoolers by Susan Kramer


1. ABA Sequencing Lesson
2. Benefits of Young Kids Learning Motor Skills
3. Circle Dance Using Rhythmic Motor Skills and Songs
4. Curving and Zigzag Shapes Lesson
5. Diagonal Line Shape Lesson
6. Climbing Stairs Lesson
7. Clockwise and Counterclockwise Lesson
8. Developing Concentration
9. Learning Right and Left Side
10. Outlining Shapes
11. Straight Lines Game
12. Making Horizontal Lines Lesson
13. Stretching in Vertical Lines Lesson
14. Moving Forward and Backward for Young Kids
15. Three Beginning Rhythmic Motor Skills
16. Three More Advanced Rhythmic Motor Skills
17. Moving in Directions Lesson
18. Straight Line Kinesthetic Lessons
19. Circles and Circling Lines Lesson
20. Curved and Bending Lines Lesson
21. Developing Language Skills Birth to 5

1. ABA Sequencing Lesson

This is a lesson about counting and sequencing for toddlers and preschoolers.

Even if the children have not learned to count, they can learn the pattern, and in that way come to an understanding of what certain quantities mean, making this lesson a preparation for basic math.

walking with arms and legs in opposition

Before beginning have a space cleared if using an indoor room. Outdoors is fine, and a yard or park is perfect.

It is best to wait half an hour after eating before beginning a lesson with motor skills.

In addition to a basic math skill, the children learn concentration, cooperation with teacher and others in the group, and what it feels like to move forward and backward.

This is a good lesson for learning to move backward while still facing forward.

The photo shows a child, almost 5, walking forward using her arms in opposition to her legs - when she steps forward on her right foot, her left arm swings forward, and vice versa.


A = 4 walks forward.
B = 4 walks backward.
A = 4 walks forward.


Children stand in a group in the center of room facing teacher at front of room, and remain facing forward throughout.

Teacher counts the numbers 1-4 out loud and uses clapping or a rhythm instrument.

One count per walking step.

First children practice A and B separately; then the ABA sequence.

More advanced practice:

The teacher then calls out either A or B and the children do that walking pattern.

After the ABA pattern is firmly mastered, have children try moving in another motor skill such as marching.

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