- washable markers
- rubber stamps or stickers
- gross motor
Explain to children that they are going to play a fun dancing game that will help them learn about left and right.
Place a sticker or use a rubber stamp to place a design on children's right hand to help them distinguish their right side from their left side. Suggest they practice waving their right hand, lifting their left foot, and moving to the right and then left.
Form a big circle and suggest that one adult assist children with the dance. Another adult will be the "caller" who will give directions. Once children learn the dance, they can sing the directions together or take turns being the "caller." After some practice, they can even add new directions to the dance.
"Left Right Barn Dance"
Circle to the right, clap your hands (repeat three times)
Jump up high then bend down low.
Circle to the left, stomp both feet (repeat three times)
Turn around then bend down.
Shake your right hand way up high.
Shake your left hand way up high.
Shake both hands high then low.
Jump up and touch the sky.
Shake your left foot, then your right (repeat three times)
Jump up high with all your might.
Big step forward, shake both hands high.
Big step backward, shake both hands low.
Big step forward, big step backward, stomp both feet.
Then start all over again-HEY!
Remember: The caller for the barn dance should give the directions in a rhythmic style so that children can feel the musical quality of the directions.
Reinforce the skill. Explain to families that their child is learning to distinguish between left and right. Ask them to specify left and right directions when appropriate. For example, when setting a table, children will need to place some of the utensils on the right side of the plate and other items on the left side.
Curriculum Connection: DIRECTIONALITY WORDS
Add the words. Write the words left, right, up, down, forward, and backward on the classroom word wall. Keep another set of words available for playing "directionality games." Invite a child to hold up the cards while the others move in the direction indicated.
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