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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

11. Straight Lines Game

Here is a game for toddlers and preschoolers to play to help them learn about the concept of straight lines. They will need to understand this before printing their name and numbers.

Provide a space where children can move unrestricted. If there is furniture in the room move it to the walls and use the center space, or move it all to one end.

moving in a straight line while marching

Wait half an hour after eating to begin physical activities.

In the photo an almost 5 year old child is practicing moving in a straight line while marching.


Have children march or walk in straight lines forward, turn and face backward and march to where they began.

Turn to side and march forward, then turn and march or walk back to original position.

Now, it's time to play the game!

Straight lines game

Pick a beginning place to stand and show the children where the ending place is.

Tell the children that in this game they need to find the shortest and most direct way to the ending place, (which we know is a straight line).

Children practice one at a time.

Given the information that she needs to go from beginning point to ending point, the shortest way possible will result in her making a straight line.

When the straight line has been run successfully the teacher tells the group that is called a straight line.

Having each child run the shortest path, which makes a straight line, is a fun way to instill this concept.

Article by Susan Kramer


Resources for parents, teachers and homeschooling families:

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Rhythms and Dances for School Age Kids

Rhythms and Dances for School Age Kids

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Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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