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Building Character Concepts through Physical Activity

PowerUp knows that Social-Emotional Learning skills are critical for a child to learn at a young age. These skills allow them to understand others, express themselves, and handle emotions - all of which helps pave the way for success. We’ve created two exciting activities for participants to develop their Social-Emotional learning skills while having fun and moving their bodies!

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Animals in Action

Ages: 3-7

For example, crabs, gorillas, lions, bunnies, dogs, snakes, birds, etc. Leader calls out different animals, participants will use their bodies to act as different animals. On occasion, let participants determine the animal.

Character Concept:

Have participants identify emotions (e.g. happy, sad, surprised, angry, proud, afraid). Then add emotions to the animals. For example, proud lion, afraid cat, angry as a bear). On occasion, let participants determine the animal or emotion or combination of their choice!

After playing - discuss why certain emotions might be associated with certain types of animals.

Alphabet Relay

Separate participants into groups or teams and instruct each team to form a single file line. On the ‘go’ signal, the first participant from each line will run across the space to a designated stopping point. The ‘runner’ must say a word that begins with the letter “A” then run back and return to the end of their team’s line. The next team member must say a word that begins with the letter “B” and so on. Once a team reaches the letter “Z”, all team members must do jumping jacks to demonstrate they are finished. The first team all doing jumping jacks wins!

Character Concept:

Have participants recognize that feelings change throughout the day. Substitute letters for emotions and feelings. Call out emotions that they feel in a day ex: angry, bashful, curious, tired, happy, hungry etc.


Download this printable pdf version of our PowerUp Teaching Social-Emotional Learning Skills with Physical Activity!

Did you enjoy these activities? Take a look at our activity bundles or even request sample lesson plans to learn more!

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