For ages 3-5, just some floor space needed, and 20mins of FUN!
I’ve used this fun activity for as long as I can remember. It is a great way of developing a child’s co-ordination/gross motor skills.
Key vocabulary: jump, tall, small, shake, wiggle, stretch, still, wide.
Key questions: Can you pretend to be…?
The activity: Explain to your child that you are going to play the ‘Bean’ game. Talk about what a bean is. What different types of beans have they enjoyed eating? What colour are they? What flavour are they?
Name a few examples of beans and ask your child to make the shape/make a movement to represent that type of bean.
Runner beans: dart/run around,
Jumping beans: bounce and jump around,
Broad beans: wide shapes,
Chilli beans: frozen shapes,
Jelly beans: wiggle and shake,
Beans on toast: lie down,
Kidney beans: curl up,
Green beans: straight and tall.
Now try the same but with a pasta theme!
Spaghetti: wiggle and shake,
Angel hair: hands and fingers wiggling and waving,
Canelloni: crouch into a ball,
Conchiglie: curl into a shell shape,
Penne: straight and tall.
Now try a Mr Men theme!
Make the movement for different Mr Men: Mr Funny, Mr Bounce, Mr Tickle, Mr Wobble, Little Miss mischief etc.
This is a great entertaining activity. You’ll have heaps of fun whilst developing balance, movement, body awareness and control.