As school begins and busy summer activities wind down, it is the perfect time for a visit to the zoo, farm or aquarium. Observing the movements of a variety of animals is a great springboard for children's movement activities. Have the children imitate the movements of the animals they have seen such as: a bear walk, crab crawl, zebra gallop, shark dart, frog jump, duck waddle, etc. Have each child choose a favorite animal and four moves that the animal might do. Each child can create a movement sequence with these moves, numbering them from one to four. Have the children practice and perform these sequences giving eight counts for each move. Now call off numbers (1-4) at random and have them recall and perform that "number" move in the sequence.
Refer to the links below for some books with animal movement ideas the children will enjoy.