Stop When I Say Freeze!

Draw different shapes/numbers/letters on the sidewalk. Play cheerful music and have your child run, jump, or skip from one drawing to another.  When you stop the music, your child freezes on a drawing and have to identify it before moving on to another one when the music resumes.

Age-appropriate Adaptations:

  • Two-year-olds—Two’s can play musical freeze shapes by playing music and having the children jump from shape to drawn shape on the sidewalks, naming the shapes and/or colors as they go.
  • Three-year-olds—Three’s can play musical freeze shapes by playing music and having the children run, hop, skip, tiptoe, etc. from shape to shape, freezing on the shape when you briefly stop the music, and having them name the shape, number or letter (teacher could use any of those) that he or she landed on.  After naming the shape, number or letter, the music resumes and they continue.
  • Four-/Five-year-olds—Four’s and five’s can play the game the same as the 3 year olds, but the teacher can draw larger numbers and more advanced shapes such as pyramids, cubes, cones etc.

Skills Supported: gross motor skills, number, shape and letter recognition, following two to three step instructions, balance.

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