This activity addresses core strengthening, motor planning, and ideation by having the child stand on a newspaper page (or paper bag) at all times. The newspaper page (or paper bag) will be folded after every round, so this gets tricky!
Challenge your child’s core muscles by having them stand on a newspaper page (or paper bag, or another safe alternative you may have in your home).
This game works like Musical Chairs.
Play a song and have the child dance.
When the song stops, the child must stand on the newspaper page.
If the child does not step outside of the newspaper page boundary, fold the newspaper page in half.
Continue this until the child is unable to stand without stepping outside of the boundary.
Use painter’s tape to hold the newspaper page in place to prevent slips/falls.
You may see your child transitioning from standing with a typical stance, then standing with feet close together, then standing on one foot, then standing on tip-toes. This challenges their core!
Increase the challenge by:
- Playing with an appropriate peer on the same newspaper page – be ready to catch anyone who loses balance!