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Mornings on PBS KIDS

About Mornings on PBS KIDS

Miss Rosa, Mr. Steve, and loveable animated guinea pig, Hooper, make learning an adventure. Together, they educate and entertain preschoolers using music, movement, art, activities and storytelling. All of this takes place in a warm, colorful and creative preschool environment.

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Get moving with ideas from the following activities and books.

Family Activities To Do Together

Build upper body muscles, which are typically weak in young children. You can help your child develop greater strength by having her paint on paper attached to an easel or taped to a wall or by having her look at books or color while laying on her tummy propped up on her elbows. At the playground, encourage her to climb ladders, slide down fireman's poles and swing from the monkey bars.

Obstacle courses are a fun way to build your child's motor skills. Indoors, you could have your child crawl under chairs, walk slalom style through a line of toys, and log roll across a pile of pillows. Outdoors, use chalk to provide a "balance beam" on the sidewalk, have your child run or hop to trees or patio furniture and challenge him to throw a ball to hit a large object.

Developing balance and coordination are just as important as building muscle strength. Challenge your child to balance a beanbag on his head and walk from one place to another without dropping it. To make it easier, have him hold the beanbag in place. To make it harder, ask him to walk under or around things. For variety, he could balance the beanbag on his elbow, shoulder or the back of his hand.

Book Recommendation

Recycle Every Day!

The Busy Body Book: A Kid's Guide to Fitness

by Lizzy Rockwell

A simple explanation of the human body, this pleasantly illustrated picture book touches on the skeleton, muscles, and other parts of the body and what kids need to do to keep them healthy.

Source: the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association

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More Activities

It's a Big, Big World: Feel the Beat!

Track and discuss how your heart beat changes with different levels of activity.

Creativity: Uneven Bars

Compose your own gymnastics routine on the uneven bars in this online activity.

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