Thursday, January 2, 2014

Movement Exploration Idea

I was thinking of a movement exploration idea to use with my part time learning support students today and was working on incorporating the movement into a day's lessons centered around snow.  After seeing the new Disney movie Frozen recently, and loving the sound track, I thought the activity below would be appropriate.  (I will preface the directions by telling you my kids LOVED this, and even a student who is mostly non-verbal began to hum along to the tune from the movie!)

Snowman Building Exploration
*We first talked about the steps to building a snowman (Form a ball and roll it to make the largest ball on the base. Roll a second, but smaller snowball.  Roll a final, smallest, snowball.  Add coal or buttons for eyes and a mouth, as well as jacket buttons.  Put on a hat and scarf.  Add a carrot nose.  Add twigs for arms).

*I then turned on the song, "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" from the Frozen Soundtrack.  (I highly recommend the ENTIRE soundtrack!)  The students moved around the room rolling and building their snowman.

*Once everyone was finish building, they had to show me they were done by posing in the shape they built their snowman in (i.e. arms stuck out to the side....round belly shape...etc).

The kids really took their time and it was need to see them exploring movement as I watched each student do specific movements in the process.  This took only a few moments but allowed students to explore the ways they can move their bodies and express themselves through movement as well.


  1. Sounds fun! I'm going to work that into next week's plans for sure. Thanks for sharing your idea.

  2. Glad you liked it! Hope your kids love it as much as mine did!

  3. Sounds like a great way to get my kindergarten kids moving after the long Christmas break. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sounds like fun...i hope I can get all 30 of my students doing this safely in the room...:)

  5. I did this activity this week and the kids loved it. By the time Friday rolled around, I had students walking through the door asking if their class would get to build a snowman. I guess word had gotten out! Thanks for the great idea!

  6. Glad it's been such a hit for you all! I have loved hearing how much you all love it!