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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

4. Curving and Zigzag Shapes Lesson

Curving and zigzag lines and shapes are important for children to learn before kindergarten. Letters and numbers have both. Think of the letter "Z" and the number "7" for zigzag. And, most letters in the alphabet have curves.

For the preschooler this lesson is kinesthetic practice for preparing to read and print; later write in cursive.
curving shapes

Some curving shapes are "s" curves, half circles, and full circles.

Ideas for practice

1. For fun and learning outdoors have the children run in a curving line across space or make sharp turns for zigzag shapes like the toddler and preschooler in the photo.

2. Indoors, lay out an alphabet letter with masking tape for the preschooler to walk on as a path.

3. Toddlers can follow the basic geometric shapes laid out very large with masking tape. Lay out other shapes using curves, too, such as the moon half full.

4. For more zigzag shapes try taping the shape of a slice of pizza with it's rounded outer edge and zigzag shape at the point.

5. Try laying out masking tape in other shapes combining s-curves, like a long snake.

Make the shapes laid out with masking tape big enough for the children to easily negotiate the corners.

Questions to ask children and then answer: "What are corners?" "Does the shape change at the corner?"

Article by Susan Kramer

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