Join the Parade - Video

“Join the Parade,” a game featured in the Managing Movement Active Play Lesson in the ChildcareAlive! Curriculum, is the focus of this video. This is a great game to teach children basic locomotor movements, including walking, marching, and jumping. If you have some open space, you can play this game by having children walk or "parade around" in a circle. If playing indoors or in a small space, have children walk/march in place as they “parade around.” You will see both set-ups briefly in this video.

Use music as a signal for starting and stopping the movement, and vary the movement frequently so children stay interested in the game. Remember to tell children the “when” before the “what." For example: “When the music starts, parade around like a marching band.”