Activities with Kacey: Movement

Summer activities with Kacey

Activities with Kacey: Movement

Kacey the Quality Koala and Maryland EXCELS have been sharing fun and educational activities and mealtime discussion questions for families and child care programs.

The theme of the activities below is “Movement.”

To see the latest activities and questions, visit this page or social media!

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The Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood understands that activities described on this page and in website links are not suitable for all ages. Ultimately, all activities require adult supervision and are not endorsed by the Maryland State Department of Education or Johns Hopkins University.


A young girl wearing a headband with a red flower waves a colorful scarfFollow the leader!

Find colorful scarves, pieces of fabric, or ribbons that your child can use while they move and dance to their favorite songs. Take turns choosing moves and dances. For example, ask everyone to wave the scarves, fabric, or ribbons below their knees or above their heads, twirl with each hand, wave in front or behind them, wave between their legs, hop, or toss in the air and catch them. Get creative! 

Mealtime discussion question: How does dancing make you feel? What is your favorite dance move? 


Moving with Hula Hoops

Three children play with hula hoops


Listen to a reading of The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen and try hula hooping!


Mealtime discussion question: Have you ever tried to hula hoop before? Where do you or where would you like to hula hoop? 



Two young children watch a goldfish swim in a bowlMusic and Movement

Pretend to be a goldfish and sing, dance, and move to the song Let’s Go Swimming.

Mealtime discussion question: Where have you seen fish before? What do you think it would feel like to be a fish? 


Scoop Game 

Two young children play indoor hockey with pom-poms

Keep your child moving and having fun while playing pom-pom scoop indoors! You will need any size craft pom-poms or cotton balls, cardboard tubes, paper plates, and painter’s or masking tape. Create a square for each player using painter’s tape in different places around the room. For the scooper, cut a paper plate so it’s square-shaped and tape it to the cardboard tube. Put the pom-poms in the middle of the room. The object of the game is to push and scoop as many pom-poms or cotton balls into your square as quickly as you can with your stick.


Mealtime discussion question: What other games can you and your family play with pom-poms?


A craft made out of colored paper and made to look like a slice of pizza on a paper platePizza Day

Dance and move with the Pizza Party song. Now it’s time to design your own pizza with a paper plate, red paint, and colorful pieces of paper. You could paint the plate red for the pizza sauce and decorate your pizza with triangle yellow shapes for cheese, circles for pepperoni, green squares for peppers, and black circles for olives. Or get creative and decide what shapes to use and what they represent! 

Mealtime discussion question: Do you like pizza? If so, what are your favorite pizza toppings? If you don’t like pizza, what would you like to eat instead?  


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