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Stretch Together

Practice breathing and stretching together just like Leela, Elmo, Rosita, and Telly did on Sesame Street.


  1. Find a space with a soft surface such as a grassy area or a mat.
  2. Stand quietly and listen to hear your own breathing.
  3. Stand up tall and take three deep breaths.
  4. Inhale again and raise your arms up to the sky, press your feet into the ground, and stretch up.
  5. When you exhale, bend your body at your waist and reach down towards the ground as far as you can.
  6. Inhale again, open your arms wide, and stand up slowly.
  7. Repeat this stretching activity together each morning to start your day.

Talk About It

Talk together about the importance of exercising. Explain that exercise makes us feel good because it keeps our bodies healthy. Encourage your child to stay physically active in a variety of ways through indoor and outdoor play. Help her to understand the benefits of regular movement and physical activity.

Take It Further

Once you have completed your morning stretches, it is time to get your heart rate up. Pick a number between five and ten and jump that many times each morning for a week. The next week, pick a different exercise such as running in place while counting out loud to your number. Have fun while staying healthy!

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