Simon says shape shifting
Participating with the children; creativity and self-expression, developing body control skills
1. Read the “Can You” poem together and invite the children to copy the movements of the animals, adding the sounds each animal makes. Think of different animals and, together, move as they do. Read “If” and have the children pretend to be a grizzly bear and a teddy bear.
CAN YOU by Margaret Mayo
Snap like a crocodile
Curl up like a snail
Stretch out like a starfish
To the tips o f your nails?
IF by Malcolm Carrick
If I were a bear, a grizzly bear,
I wouldn’t politely pull, I’d tear,
and rip and growl and grunt and scowl
and make all the squirrels stare.
If I were a bear, a brown teddy-bear,
I wouldn’t just sit around in a chair,
but snuggle and huddle and comfort and cuddle
any children who might be there
2. Use some of these movements and sounds in a game of Simon Says. Move only when the leader begins by saying “Simon Says” – otherwise stay still. For example, if the leader says “Simon Says be a bear,” the children should move like bear, but if the leader says “Be a bear” the children shouldn’t move a muscle. Take turns being the leader.
Note: If children with hearing impairments are playing, use sign and/or show cards illustrating the animals and another card showing “Simon Says.”
Adapted from HOP Early Learning Practitioners Resource