Chapter 6

The Development of Movement in Stages

Learning to Move

Virtual Lab School: Infant and Toddler Physical Development

The Timeline of Physical Development

HAPPE: Toddlers in Physical Play

Motor Delays:

AAP Information about Motor Delays

Warning Signs of a Physical Delay

Motor Delay: Early Identification and Evaluation

Music and Movement:

Why Movement Matters

Music and Movement for Young Children’s Healthy Development

Beyond Twinkle Twinkle: Using Music with Infants and Toddlers

Music and Movement Activities

Toddler Fingerplays and Action Rhymes

Yoga for Kids Resources

According to Yoga Kids (, sharing yoga with children helps them to:

  • Feel loving and loved
  • Get in touch with themselves and learn to trust their instincts
  • Learn about their bodies
  • Acknowledge and nurture their special gifts and strengths
  • Experience fun, playfulness and collaboration with others in the learning process
  • Open up to change, ask questions and find their own answers
  • Uncover their innate sense of joy
  • Know that there is a quiet and still place for them as they face the challenges of growing up
  • Fill up with vibrant and vital energy

Here are some great resources about the practice of yoga with children as well as the many benefits that yoga offers to children:

DVDs available on the YogaKids website (

  • “Kids Yoga Bedtime Rhymes” by Jeff Maier
  • “Yoga for Youngster” by Kat Randall
  • “Imaginations – Fun Relaxation Stories and Meditations for Kids” by Carolyn Clarke
  • “Imaginations 2” (follow up to the above) by Carolyn Clarke

Instructional Cards, Meditations and Books:

  • “Creative Yoga Games for Kids” – a set of 48 cards by Edna Reinhardt
  • “Relax Kids – The Wishing Star” – 52 meditations for children; by Marneta Viegas
  • “Relax Kids – Aladdin’s Magic Carpet” – (follow up to above); by Marneta Viegas
  • “Yoga Games for Children” by Danielle Bersma & Marjoke Visscher
  • “Storytime Yoga” by Sydney Solis
  • “Little Yoga” – a Toddler’s First Book of Yoga; by Rebecca Whitford & Martina Selway
  • “The ABCs of Yoga for Kids” by Teresa Anne Power
  • “Babar’s Yoga for Elephants”; an original Laurent De Bruhoff book

Yoga Kids Website

Why Yoga and Kids go Together

Yoga Journal: Kids

Yoga Journal: Why Kids Need Yoga

The Benefits of Yoga for Kids

Top 10 Benefits of Yoga for Children

Gak Recipe:



2 bowls White glue Measuring cup

Measuring and stirring spoonsHot water

Cold water

Clean hands


You need 1 bowl and 1 spoon


Pour 2 cups of glue into a measuring cup and pour it into the bowl


Pour 1 ½ cups of cold water into a measuring cup and pour it into the bowl


Mix it up with your spoon


You need 1 bowl and 1 spoon


Pour 1 tablespoon of Borax into a measuring spoon and pour it into the bowl


Pour 1 cup of hot water into a measuring cup and pour it into the bowl


Mix it up with your spoon


Pour this bowl into the other bowl and mix it up with your spoon.

STEP 10:

Then mix it up with your hands!

Additional Readings

Bronson, M.B. (1995). The right stuff for children birth to 8: Selecting play materials to support development. Washington, D.C.: NAEYC.

Cranley Gallagher, K. (2005, July). Brain research and early childhood development – A primer for developmentally appropriate practice. Young Children, 60(4), 12-20. 

Thompson, P.M. & Giedd, J.N. (2000). Growth patterns in the developing brain. Nature, 404, 190-192.