Enter the Movement, Learning, and Play Giveaway!

Enter the Movement, Learning, and Play Giveaway!This month we’re giving away resources that provide strategies for incorporating learning through movement into daily activities as well as books for kids that celebrate playtime and curiosity. One lucky reader will win:

To Enter: Leave a comment below describing how you use movement or play for learning.

For additional entries, leave a separate comment below for each of the following tasks you complete:

Each comment counts as a separate entry—that’s five chances to win! Entries must be received by midnight, April 19, 2019.

The winner will be contacted via email on or around April 22, 2019, and will need to respond within 72 hours to claim his or her prize or another winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. Winners must be US residents, 18 years of age or older.


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91 Responses to Enter the Movement, Learning, and Play Giveaway!

  1. kelli Pearson says:

    Movement for play is essential in your everyday activities. Through movement we learn about our bodies and how they move. We learn that we can do things we did not think were possible by just trying new things. From just learning how to jump to jumping to reach objects which uses more than your legs but your arms as well as your core. Kids learn at such a young age and if we teach them that movement is fun by having fun they will continue to move for the rest of their lives thus creating a happy healthy life!!

  2. Danielle says:

    I use movement by allowing kids to takes breaks in our sensory hallway!

  3. Mamie Eng says:

    The library has introduced a new program for young children and parents – “Movers and Shakers.” The program involves sharing a story with the children and parents, followed by movement and music activities. The children and parents love that the program is interactive.

  4. Carley Sullivan says:

    follow on Pinterest and twitter… Love to use movement in the class Go Noodle, Jack Hartman and imagination.

  5. Charlotte Sparks says:

    So many useful resources that could be used in any of our classrooms!!

  6. Ms. R. says:

    My pre-k inclusive classroom is very active. Music, song, finger plays, and movement activities are most helpful to engage all students. I use the limited amount of resources to the best of my ability, however, novelty has proven to be the key to encourage student participation. Otherwise, it is difficult to prompt my 3-4 year olds to come to the “carpet” or transition to another activity. I have observed that music geared to early childhood inspires the little ones to respond appropriately in an activity with very little coaxing and provides an opportunity for my students to explore.

  7. Jessica Spain says:

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  8. Jessica Spain says:

    I love using movement to help children learn. By using the whole body, children are able to make and keep better connections in learning.

  9. olga says:

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  13. olga says:

    We use movement to express my childs creativity through music & dance.

  14. Yolanda Richey says:

    I use movement as a trainer of childcare professionals! In my professional development events, we always include some type of movement song or chant that Child Care Professionals can take back and use with children. This not only allows us to move and learn while we are in the workshop, but it provides a fun activity for both teachers and young children alike😀

  15. Cher Jackson says:

    I will use all the books with my inclusive pre school classroom…we love music and movement!! Cher Jackson

    On Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 8:03 AM Free Spirit Publishing Blog wrote:

    > Free Spirit Publishing posted: “This month we’re giving away resources > that provide strategies for incorporating learning by movement into daily > activities as well as books for kids that celebrate playtime and curiosity. > One lucky reader will win: I Play From A-Z with Energy! ” >

    • Sarah says:

      I am an Adapted Physical Education Teacher for students who are 5-22. I love to incorporate reading curriculum into my classes along with movement.

  16. Kristin says:

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  20. Kristin says:

    As a school counselor I use movement regularly while working with individuals or small groups. We use self-regulation skills, mindfulness and grounding techniques, and yoga!

  21. Jodi Von colln says:

    I use movement as often as I can to help my children remember things and to expel excess energy.

  22. This set of books would be perfect for my students with multiple special needs to be more physical and challenge themselves while being exposed to written materials.

  23. I use movement in all of my library storytimes!

  24. Brittney says:

    Having a child move around is great they can learn so many things. It gets them up and moving. They can learn many gross motor skills.

  25. Tara Johnson says:

    I would LOOOOOOVVVVVEEEE to have these books for my new family child care program. Teaching an ECFE class with “A Moving Child is a Learning Child” was a great experience! This book has beautiful infographics to share with families about the links between brain development and large muscle skills!

  26. Laurie Glasser says:

    I use movement or play for learning by playing music in the classroom. The kids love it.

  27. Linda Matuga says:

    I teach secondary school students how to work with Infants and young children. Having the age appropriate resources to support thier learning is always an asset.

  28. Debbie Bartsch says:

    I am following Free Spirit Publishing on Pinterest.

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    I am following Free Spirit Publishing on Facebook

  30. Debbie Bartsch says:

    As a preschool teacher, I use play everyday and all day as the primary means to teach my class. I do things like have the children build letters and numbers out of blocks, experiment with water and sand at the sensory table, trace letters in a sand tray, write down restaurant orders from menus in dramatic play and countless other ways through out the day. I would welcome the opportunity to learn more ideas that I can incorporate into my classroom.

  31. Melanie Haight says:

    We do a motor lab each day for about 15 minutes before large group. There are 5 gross motor stations and a fine motor table. It helps the kids gets some energy burned off before they have to sit for large group activities.

  32. Genise Weston says:

    I use movement in my childcare setting everyday. We dance, run, toss and etc. We use movement throughout the day everyday.

  33. Transition time is my favourite time to inspire play through movement as an educator. The children naturally get loud and busy during transition times, my classroom management has never been better since learning to let the rhythm of the children guide me.

  34. Autumn Shaffer says:

    As an early educator I use movement and play in all my learning. We integrate math, literacy, and science into our play and do movement activities such as yoga, dancing, and games

  35. Autumn Shaffer says:

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    I follow you on FB

  39. fallsha says:

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  42. fallsha says:

    We do a lot of scavenger hunts at my house! I make my twins do activities to get clues for the next location! We also go for walks and play outdoors!

  43. Esthermarie Batista-Mion says:

    learning and gross motor activities go side by side. Children enjoyed singing, counting, moving (special) as they lead dances, exercise, plays, etc..

  44. Kelly Tarr says:

    Every morning our school does “Active Jag” (we are the Jaguars) and the whole school starts together in the gym doing movement/yoga videos together to get ready for the day.

  45. Loree says:

    We use movement to help develop the lowest parts of the brain. When movement is added to rhythm we can encourage self-regulation and link up the brain to the higher center of cognitive thinking.

  46. Bethany MZier says:

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  49. Bethany Zier says:

    Children (and adults) need movement to learn! I incorporate actions when answering questions in the classroom to keep their focus and engage more of their brains!

  50. Jenene Holcomb says:

    We use yoga, movement activities during music and story time, stretching, “exercises” and counting during calendar activities, balancing, and lying on our backs to draw letters in the air.

  51. Jessi Peterson says:

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  53. Jessi Peterson says:

    We love to do a mix of gross motor activities and fine motor activities at storytime – this morning we danced and jumped and then we used a mortar and pestle and a nutmeg grater to grind up cocoa nibs and cinnamon.

  54. Tammy Cleghorn says:

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  56. Tammy Cleghorn says:

    We use movement throughout our day from greeting each other in the morning with a hug, handshake, or fist bump to yoga to action songs and fingerplays. Even short brain breaks to “shake our sillies out” or dance until we drop. It is a great way to engage all aspects of the student.

  57. Elizabeth Morse says:

    Movement is vital to learning for preschoolers! Fingerplays, acting out stories, dancing, etc. help children make progress toward learning goals in multiple areas. They learn to follow directions, be creative, sequence, etc.

  58. Jane Peavy says:

    Movement works for any age group. I incorporate movement through transitions (“touch 3 things purple then come back to the carpet”), learning experiences (turn and talks, have a conversation while standing), and choice of seating (standing to work, cushions, ball seating, wobble seats).

  59. Gail Peck says:

    Children learn best through movement activities. We use movement activities to reinforce math and phonics skills as well as strengthen motor skills.

  60. Nichole A Kading says:

    I find various activities for outside play to incorporate numbers, letters, sorting, and counting. Wall to wall is my favorite activity to play with the kids

  61. Barbara Mackey says:

    We would love to have more ideas of how to incorporate movement throughout all we do with our students.

  62. Linda Banton Ball says:

    Our school uses regular movement breaks throughout the school day. We also have Wellness Wednesdays, where staff and students enjoy additional time doing movement activities. As the counselor, I include in my program, Mindful Mornings, with breathing and stretching exercises.
    Following on email. Thank you for the good resources you offer.

  63. I use movement to anchor language for children learning English. It is easier and more fun to learn the word “stomp” when a child is given the freedom to physically stomp their feet than it is to learn it in print only.

  64. Rebecca Palmer says:

    I’m a school social worker and would use these as resources for teachers that are struggling with wiggly kids or behaviors.

  65. Emma Tempest says:

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  69. Rana Lutjen-Wall says:

    As a school counselor, I use movement to help students learn, remember, play, and express their emotions. Books about active play would be a great support to our school!

  70. Emma Tempest says:

    I use movement and play to help children AND adults learn by providing fun, expressive and creative movement activities that boost energy, wake up the busy lives of adults and bring JOY to everyone! Play is such a vital tool for children to learn and very important for adults – we should all move and play more; it increases our well-being, happiness and joy all round! 🙂

  71. Kindervelt says:

    Active play is the way to a child’s brain.

  72. ELENA MARIN says:

    Using movement when connecting to parts of a story and/or during role playing. That makes their experience more real.

  73. Pamela.Mack says:

    Movement is so important in early childhood. We use it to teach skills, during transitions, indoor and outdoor movement activities.

  74. melissa olearchick says:

    I encourage movement by using movement breaks through technology (gonoodle) with students during classroom counseling lessons and small counseling groups.

  75. Melissa says:

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  78. Melissa says:

    I try to incorporate movement into call and response so kids make physical and verbal connections to content and their muscle memory can contribute to recall of the content as well.

  79. Vanessa Kwaczala says:

    I use movement activities to keep children engaged, have fun, and remain active! It’s a great way to build motor skills that are needed for the future.

  80. Kim Waldron says:

    We use lots of active songs that require following directions!

  81. cheryl karp says:

    Movement and play are early childhood! All learning that takes place in early childhood cannot happen without movement and play! Whether we are reading a story,doing a science lesson, listening to music, or using a manipulative, we are using movement to ground us and play to motivate us.

  82. Jamie St. Peter says:

    I do a yoga socialization group with my classrooms, and also encourage teachers to use movement as a brain break and to get sensory input

  83. Crystal Balback says:

    My favorite way to incorporate learning through movement is Yoga with children and also listen and move dancing songs.

  84. Meg says:

    Sometimes movement and play are just that – free time to move and play.
    As often as I can, I try to implement movement and/or play into sessions with students. It might be role playing a skill I’m teaching; it might be a game to practice what they have learned. Any opportunity to make learning engaging is fantastic!

  85. Tara Johnson says:

    Following on Instagram!

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    Following on Pinterest 🙂

  87. Tara Johnson says:

    I liked the Free Spirit Facebook Page and commented!

  88. Tara Johnson says:

    Movement is so important in early childhood! I love using bean bag tosses, relay races, or stomping to enhance letter and number recognition activities. Transitions go more smoothly too if you can incorporate movement activities like “hop like a frog to the table” or body patterns while waiting in line.

  89. Nini Engel says:

    My district is moving to full day kindergarten next year, and these would be useful resources!

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