Move with Me: Touching Toes with Toddlers!

by Melissa Harding


Physical activity plays an important role in every child’s life; an active lifestyle helps control weight, build lean muscle, build strong bones and decrease the risk of obesity. One way to stay healthy as a family is to be active together, whether it is playing soccer or playing in the woods. With this in mind, Phipps is helping families become healthier through Move With Me, a new series of programs designed to get parents and kids moving together. Move With Me is for children ages 3-4 and their caregivers; this program helps children learn about life cycles, animals and plants through gentle movement exercises that stimulate the senses and teach about the natural world.

October’s theme was water; campers learned about animals that live and move in the water and why water is important. To begin, campers arrived to find several sensory bins with water and ice to play with. They loved using cups and buckets to play in the water! As camp got started, campers and caregivers warmed up together with a series of toe touches, arm reaches and body wiggles. They then pretended to be water using blue and white dance scarves, slithering like water in a river. Next came time to move on the water; campers pretended to move like boats, becoming double boats to play with their caregiver partners, and even became bridges over the moving water!


After a quick snack, campers looked for critters in the lagoon and walked up to the green roof to learn about animals that live in the water. Campers pretended to move like turtles, fish, dolphins and sharks; after each set of motions, they sang a short song about a corresponding animal in the water. The roof was full of singing dolphins and chomping sharks! Finally, campers cooled down with some short visualization and breathing exercises, ending with a rousing rendition of the Goodbye Song.

Check out more images from class in the slideshow below!

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Interested in stretching exercises for kids? Check out this great article from Yoga Journal on embracing fun in movement.

To learn more about healthy activities for your family, check out Let’s Move Pittsburgh’s excellent website for resources.

Our next Move with Me programs are scheduled for November 12, 10:30 am-noon or 1-3 pm. If you would like to sign up your child for a future Move With Me programs, please contact Sarah at (412)441-4442 ext. 3925.

For a complete list of all our season camp offerings, please visit our website. We hope to see you there!

The above photos were taken by Kate Borger.

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