Moving Your Body Learning Time

Resource type: 
Learning Time


 Moving your body by Beci Orpin 

A simple board book to encourages very young readers to move their bodies. Run with your legs, fly with your arms and hop on your feet to join in. The clean, bold illustrations make it easy for children to identify different actions. 

Key Message for Parents | Good nutrition, health and exercise are critical 

  • Children naturally enjoy playful exercise and need frequent opportunities to move their bodies. 
  • Babies need to try different movements to develop strength 
  • Books often show simple, fun ways to play and exercise with children 
  • Children are more likely to join in with movement games when adults participate too 
  • Praise children’s efforts to move and encourage them to keep trying. 

Before Reading 

The title of the book is ‘Moving your body’ Ask the children to show you how they can move their body. “Can you wave your hand? Can you wiggle your leg? How about stamping your foot?” If children are not yet able to demonstrate an answer briefly narrate some of their actions for them. 

“I can see your eyes moving as you look at me. I can see your head moving as you look around. I can see your legs moving as you wriggle in your place.” Pose a question for the group. ‘I wonder how the person on the cover is going to move their body?” 

During Reading 

Ask readers to demonstrate the action on each page of the story. This can be done seated or standing up and moving around the room, depending on your preference or space available. Explain and demonstrate the actions if needed. 

Talk about additional body parts that aren’t mentioned in the text. For example the first page says, “Run with your legs”. After doing the running action, draw readers’ attention back to the illustration. You could say, “I can see their legs and I can also see their feet. Look.” Point to the feet in the picture and ask the readers to point to, or touch their feet. Repeat with knees etc. Do this for each page while the group is engaged. 

After Reading 

Music for moving our bodies 

Play some piano music (instrumental, no words) and ask participants to move a particular body part in time with the music. Suggest a different body part every twenty seconds or so. Make sure to join in as well – this role-models the actions for everyone and supports all the adults to feel comfortable. You could suggest some of the actions from the story as well: hop on your feet, wiggle with your bum, float on your back etc. 

Conclude with some ‘free dance’ - ask everyone to move their body however they like to the music, or simply cuddle their baby as they sway or dance.

For full Learning Time please download the attached PDF




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