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Slow-Mo: Pretend you are running…in slow motion. Is it easy or hard? How do you move your arms, legs, and even face to pull this off? Dance
Sweep Steppin’: Dance with a broom. Don’t feel silly, it won’t tell anyone. How many different dances can you two do? Dance
Do a Little Dance: It’s hot. It’s summer. It’s time to water the grass. Be a human sprinkler. Get into a rhythm. It’s the sprinkler dance! Make sure to cover the whole lawn! Dance
JELL-O Wiggle: Pretend you’re dancing on JELL-O. How well do you wiggle in JELL-O? Is it easy or hard to keep your balance? Dance
Jock Jams: Choose a song and use moves or actions from a sport to dance along? What sport did you choose? Now try another. Can you teach someone else the dance? Dance
Makin’ Moves: Create a new dance move. What kind of music does it go with? What do you call it? Dance
Long Legs: Perform a grand jeté, or leap, like a ballet dancer. Measure the distance you go. Does it help to have a running start? Dance
Rhyme Time: How many words can you rhyme with dance? Use your list to write a short poem. Read it to a friend or family member. Literary Arts
Myth Maker: Ever heard the superstition that opening an umbrella indoors brings bad luck? What about the one that says finding a penny brings good luck? Make up a new superstition. See if anyone believes it. Literary Arts
Patriotic Puzzler: Time to update an old classic. For fun, write a new Pledge of Allegiance. Recite your version out loud for a friend or family member. How would yours sound at the beginning of each school day? Literary Arts
Triple Dare: Say the words “ballet bunny rabbit” three times fast. Is it easy or hard? How about five times fast? What other tongue twisters do you know? Literary Arts
Weird Words: Make up a new word. What does it mean? Use it in conversation with your friends or family. Can they tell what it means? Can you get anyone else to start using it? Literary Arts
Comic Genius: Knock knock. Who’s there? Make up the rest of the joke. Literary Arts
Rock Out: Turn up your favorite tunes and play the air guitar. Music
Music Muscles: Walk like you’re the drum majorette, or leader, of a marching band. Is it easy or hard? Remember to stand up straight, lift your knees, and strike up the band. Music
Orange You Glad…: Divide an orange into four sections. Cover your teeth with the peel from one wedge. Sing “Happy Birthday.” Easy or hard? Music
Tooth Tunes: Hum your favorite song while brushing your teeth. How much can you belt out before drooling? Music
Toe Tunes: Tap your feet to your favorite song. Can your feet keep the beat? Music
Turnaround Tunes: Sing the alphabet backwards. Do you need to stop mid-song and think about it or are you an ABC pro? Music
Sound Effects: Beat It!: Move your lips and cheeks while blowing air from your mouth. Now you’re beatboxing. What kind of beats can you come up with? Fast? Slow? Music
Sound Effects: You’re a movie sound effects machine for a new science fiction film. Make your best alien noises. See if anyone can guess what kind of scene you’re working on. Music
Sound of Music: From the minute you wake up till lights out, count how many times you hear music during the course of your day. See how many different kinds of music you find. Music
Changing Channels: Change the dial on your car’s FM radio and find a song you’ve never heard before. Take a listen. Dance in your seat to an unfamiliar tune. Music
Chow Call: Create a cheer about your favorite dessert. Add some dance steps and arm movements. How many different dessert cheers can you compose? Music
Body Beats: Snap your fingers. What kind of noises can you make? Create a beat. Try adding some words to make a song. Music
If Animals Could Talk: Talk like an alligator. What do you sound like? What do you talk about? See if a friend or family member can guess what animal you are. Music
Hand Jive: Sing your favorite song a cappella, or without instrumental music. Clap the beat in the background. Music
Safari Stretch: Act like a giraffe. Eat leaves. Stop for a drink. Enjoy the view. What other activities do you do in your typical giraffe day? Theater
Sea Legs: Walk like a pirate on his ship during a storm. How do you move your feet? Legs? Remember, the waves are rocky and you need to keep your balance! Theater
Sinking Sprint: Pretend you’re running over quicksand. Yikes! How fast do you move your legs to keep from sinking? How high do you kick them? Theater
Shadow Show: Make shadow puppets on the wall. Create a two character story—a character for your left hand and one for your right hand—and perform a puppet show. Theater
Shout it Out: You overheard your friends are throwing you a surprise party. Practice the perfect surprise party squeal so they won’t know the secret’s out. Theater
Noodle Stroll: Pretend you’re walking on spaghetti with bare feet. Is it easy or hard to get around? How many noodles get stuck between your toes? Theater
Mute Button: Without talking, show you’re annoyed by the people talking behind you in the movie theater. Can someone guess what you’re acting out? Theater
On the Prowl: Act like a wolf. Run. Dig. Howl. What other activities do you do in your typical wolf day? Theater
Q & A: When someone asks you a question at home today, respond in your very best robot voice. Can people understand your answers? Theater
Think Big: Pretend you’re eight feet tall. What do you see from up there? How does moving around change? Remember, be careful not to hit your head! Theater
Smiley Face: Look in a mirror and try out different smiles. Can you make a smile that’s silly? Scary? Theater
Tail Spin: Pretend you have a tail. Is it long? Short? Curly? Fluffy? Does it change how you walk? Chase it. What happens? Theater
Chilly Toes: Pretend you’re walking on ice cubes with bare feet. Brrr! Are you moving fast or slow? Careful not to slip! Theater
Casting Call: You’re starring in a movie as a French chef. Get into character by describing what’s in your refrigerator. Remember your accent! Theater
Catch Me: Pretend you’re a frog, chasing a fly. Listen as it buzzes by your ear and watch as it flies around. Now try and catch it. How long does it take? Theater
Be a Star!: Pretend you’re a character from your favorite book. Eat dinner as the character. Can your family guess who you are? Theater
Be a Star!: Pretend you’re a character from your favorite movie. Do your homework as the character. Are they as good a student as you? Theater
Animal Instincts: Inch around like a caterpillar. How quickly do you get places this way? Remember though, in time you become a butterfly. What’s it like to suddenly be able to fly? Theater
Anybody There?: Walk like a ninja. Remember, you must be quick and silent as if you’re invisible! How long can you go undetected? Theater
Bird Brain: Act like an eagle. Soar. Swoop. Nest. What other activities do you do in your typical eagle day? Theater
Brow Beat: Look in a mirror. Move your eyebrows around. Using only your brows, can you move them so you look surprised? Angry? What about curious? Theater
Howdy Partner!: Walk like a rodeo cowboy or cowgirl. To get it right, how do you move your feet? Legs? Arms? Now try riding an imaginary horse. Theater
Laughing Matters: Laugh out loud. Can you make your laugh sound goofy? How many different goofy laughs can you create? Theater
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