I am falling rain

1-5 years
Child Development
Physical health and well-being; Language and cognitive development; Creativity
Physical Activity

This activity focuses on developing the fundamental movement skills of coordination (rolling, flexibility), locomotion (hopping, walking, jumping, skipping, running), and balance.

How to Play

1. Find your own personal space.

2. Using a nature theme, ask your child to try acting out the following phrases:

  • Rain falling.
  • Wind gusting.
  • Snowflakes dancing.
  • Waves rolling.
  • Clouds floating.
  • Leaves swaying.
  • A flower growing.

Note: If a child does not want to create their own movements, ask them to copy you while you demonstrate the action phrases.

3. Ask your child(ren) about other things in nature that they would like to act out. For example, rumbling thunder, or crashing waves. Make up different nature phrases together.

Change it up / Alternatives / Additional Options
  • Choose a new theme like animals or sports that the child might enjoy acting out.
  • Share time with the child reading the books I’m Growing! and Up! to discover many things that children can do.
  • For children who are deaf or hard of hearing, act out the actions or provide pictures of the intended movements.
  • For children with impairments in flexibility or gross motor skills, encourage them to perform the movements as much as they can, understanding that it may look different to others.
  • For a child with a visual impairment, provide textured objects to provide a tactile sensation for certain elements/objects (a leaf for swaying), as well as auditory cues (rain stick for rain falling).
  • If you have a participant who uses a wheelchair, be intentional around the movements that you select to allow them to participate.
  • If you have a child with another type of disability not mentioned above, they may be able to participate in this activity without adaptations or modifications.

Source: MOVE