Sleeping Giants

3-5 years
Child Development
Well-being and belonging (physical activity); Language & literacy (vocabulary development), Creativity
Physical Activity

This activity aims to develop the fundamental movement skills of locomotion (running) and coordination (jumping, hopping, skipping, side shuffling, crawling, galloping).

How to Play
  1. Get the children to run around. When you say, “Go to sleep, giants!” the children need to stop where they are, lie on the floor and pretend to sleep by lying VERY still.
  2. While they are lying there, tell them they are dreaming about jumping around like a bunny or kangaroo.
  3. When you say – “WAKE UP SLEEPING GIANTS!!”, they are to get up really fast and do the action they were “dreaming” about.
  4. Change the movement each time they wake up.
Change it up / Alternatives / Additional Options
  • For children who are deaf or hard of hearing, act out the actions or provide pictures of the intended movements and allow them to have their eyes open while ‘sleeping’.
  • 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 than others.
  • 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.