Kids! Get Creatively Fit with Animal Motions!
Animal Motions is a fun, easy to follow, low-impact movement routine told as a story in a colorful children's picture book.
It will get you moving while you learn to use your imagination and become 17 different animals in all!
Written by Melissa Pilgrim, Animal Motions was inspired from her theatre classes with young children and written to help kids everywhere learn how to be “creatively fit” by doing two things at once:
* Shows children how to move and stretch their body in a variety of animal-like poses to help them develop healthy lifestyle habits, stay active, and be more confident with how their body moves overall.
* Teaches children how they can be creative and use their imagination as they pretend to be 17 different kinds of animals living in various habitats from around the globe.
Each page is filled with beautiful, hand drawn watercolor illustrations by Ira V. Gates.
About the Book:
Follow 5-year-old Eric as he wakes up in his bedroom and stretches and moves his body at the start of his day. He does this by following a pattern of animal motions he has along the top border of his walls showing different animals in various types of poses and movements they are naturally inclined to do. Eric’s imagination takes over as he mimics these simple motions and his bedroom transforms into many various habitats where each of these different types of animals would live, moving and living like 17 animals in all. His mother then calls for him to come eat breakfast, but is Eric really done with all his Animal Motions for the day?
This story shows how imagination can help make moving your body even more fun!
FREE Animal Motions Mini-Poster
Available to Print Out & Color!
Animal Motions can be done at home, school, libraries, or any safe place that allows room for a child to stand and move about while doing the short, simple, fun routine.
Animal Motions is Perfect For:
* Parents wanting to promote a health-conscience child
* Preschool fitness/gym programs (develops a fundamental learning skill for health & fitness)
* Home-schooled kindergarten children and parents looking for a fitness activity
* Theatre/acting classes (develops body movement and confident stage presence)
* Preschool-aged “Storytime” groups (interactive story activity)
* Preschool summer camps
* Anyone looking for a fun, interactive activity/story for a child and parent (or grandparent) to do/read together
FREE Lesson Plans Available For:
Preschool (ages 3-4)
Kindergarten (ages 5-6)
Note: The movements in this book are presented for entertainment purposes and are easy and gentle to do provided they are done slowly in an adequate, safe environment. The publisher, author, and illustrator each take no responsibility (and disclaim all liability) in connection with the use of any of these movements in all individual cases. Follow the movements in this book at your own risk, and if you have any doubts about the suitability of any of the motions mentioned please consult a doctor before attempting.
Look What People Are Saying About Animal Motions:
"I love doing Animal Motions! My favorites are the skunk, cat, monkey, and snake! It's a lot of fun!"
—Addison, age 3 (Disclosure: Melissa’s niece, who had fun helping with the website)
A Great Way to Combine Reading and Movement for Young Children!
"My class loved the illustrations and doing the motions! It easily kept their attention and focus! They wanted more! A must read for all young children!"
Libraries Need this Book!
"The author demonstrated Animal Motions in a summer Storytime session in our library. Her knowledge of children's theater and background in drama is a big element of this book and adds to the value of the promotion of low impact movement included within its pages. Parents, caregivers, teachers, and childcare workers will be able to pull this book from a shelf and begin a group or individual exercise session with absolutely no prior training! Thank you, Melissa, for this valuable book. I will be using it in future Storytimes to get preschoolers moving in our library!"
—Steffaney Smith, Children’s Librarian, Littleton Public Library
Excellent Exercise Book for Young Children!
"This book really helps to get kids moving! It would be great to keep on-hand in a preschool classroom or at home if you have little ones, especially on a rainy/snowy day when it is difficult to get outside. I have worked in several early childhood classrooms and I think it is essential to have a book like this available to students and teachers in the classroom. Finding new, creative ways to get kids moving not only helps them maintain their own physical fitness, but it also serves as a great classroom management tool: I definitely recommend this book!"
—Amy C. Riley