Purposeful Play: Early Childhood Movement Activities on a Budget
Like their previous book, Moving With a Purpose,this book is based on the authors' premise that the best early childhood physical education is delivered within a developmentally appropriate curriculum that embraces children's emotional and intellectual as well as their physical needs. All of the activities in the book are designed with that end in mind.
Other special features of Purposeful Play: Early Childhood Movement Activities on a Budgetinclude
- Suggestions for using music to make the activities more fun
Part Ihelps teachers prepare for purposeful play. It introduces the types of activities in the book, addresses how to include children with special needs and adapt activities for a wide range of abilities and needs, and discusses what type of equipment is needed, as well as how to set up, use, and store the equipment. It also helps teachers incorporate music into the activities to facilitate the learning and make it more enjoyable.
Part IIpresents the activities. These include inexpensive starter activities; activities using ropes, pulleys, eyebolts, and noodles; rain gutters; "veggie and fruit" activities; and move-and-match activities.
Part IIIfeatures program material: cycling skills and safety, fitness and nutrition, and special events for every month. It even includes a motivational program involving Lucy the Whale, a 55-foot inflatable whale!
Whether used in a school, day care, or recreation setting, Purposeful Play: Early Childhood Movement Activities on a Budgetprovides a wealth of activities and tips for a successful and engaging physical activity program.