Games to play with just your body.

by Deb on April 21, 2011


Bodies are our earliest toys and the one we always have with us. Playing games with our bodies is good for motor skills, brain wiring and learning. Touch is important for social and emotional health, plus it is the beginning of questioning and curiosity.

  1. Rhymes with actions, all the way from round and round the garden to people in the church. They can be quiet games with your fingers, or big games that jump around and dance.
  2. Pony rides – on a knee or on a back.
  3. Dancing – the Wiggles weren’t the first to discover that little kids love to dance. crowd dancing
  4. Party tricks – such as paralysing your hand or making your arms float.
  5. Scarecrow – a type of chasey where people who are caught stand with their arms and legs out and can be freed by another player crawling through their legs.
  6. Marco Polo – ‘It’ is blindfolded and calls out Marco, the other players answer Polo.
  7. Massage – lovely for all ages, including tiny babies, it’s a great way to calm children before bed. They enjoy massaging adults just as much.
  8. Clapping games – this takes a while to get the co-ordination working, but there are lots of patterns and songs to clap together.  hand clapping games
  9. Leap frog – for little ones they can curl up and walk over each other rather than jumping, or use a cushion or toy until they get the idea.
  10. Rolling downhill – this is what we used to do when Dad took us to the football as kids! A nice grassy hill provides hours of entertainment and dizzyness.
  11. Running non-competitively – Most of us enjoy getting out and moving our bodies, that’s how we’re designed. Unfortunately sport becomes competitive at such an early age a lot of kids miss out on the fun and the fitness. Try to take the competition out, get your kids to run around and in different directions rather than against each other. Running
  12. Tickles – Great fun, although as a ticklish person I’m very aware of not letting it go too far! It can be a good way for children to be able to learn about ‘stop’ and ‘no,’ and demonstrate that adults listen to those signals too.
  13. Wrestling – tickling generally ends up as a wrestling match. Another way of testing limits and having fun, and learning to listen to other people and be careful of them.

The bare botty macker – This is a generational game for us. We’re a non-corporal punishment household, but any botty sticking out is fair game to be macked.

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Jamie @ hands on : as we grow April 21, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I remember running down hills as a child ALL THE TIME! It turned into rolling down the hills most of the time! 🙂 What a great list, thanks for sharing today!

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Reply via Facebook April 21, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Thanks! These are perfect for filler inbetween class activities!


Tricia at Mom is the Only Girl April 22, 2011 at 4:40 am

I love visiting your blog! And I love your ideas today! I also just noticed your e-book and have to thank you for opening my eyes to the simpleness of science! I’m always trying to explore and experiment with my boys – they almost demand it! Your book made me realize sometimes I do talk too much!


Louise at Tales from the Sandpit April 27, 2011 at 10:52 am

Love this list – I do an occasional column for our little local country newspaper about early Childhood and this would be perfect to turn into a column. How would you feel about that – I would give you credit of course! Please let me know what you think and I will send through the piece for your perusal.


Jamie @ hands on : as we grow April 28, 2011 at 11:03 am

So excited about this post still — I’m featuring this post tonight on It’s Playtime as a sole feature 🙂 And tomorrow there’ll be a HUGE list of fun ways to get bodies moving – I hope you’ll come over and link up to It’s Playtime again this week!
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