Exercise 3 – Walking on the line (Movement)
This last exercise is to help relax the child, refine their movement, define laterality, and promote auditory acuity. Many elements from Exercise 1 are promoted and assimilated in the exercise “Walking on the line”.
The coloured lengths of ribbon are placed on the floor (the prestik may be used here if surfaces seem slippery). They may either be placed parallel to one another or possibly placed length to length to form a square, or even a triangle.
Explain to the children that they need to listen to the music carefully, with their whole body. As it is classical, they should move slowly to the music. Ask the children to start by gently moving around the room. They should then proceed to walk on the ribbons, balancing as they go. If possible, feed the children gradually onto the ribbons to maintain even spacing and avoid bumping into one another. If they are struggling to balance, explain that they should put their arms straight out to the side as this can make it easier. They should also keep a slow tempo to avoid walking into each other and to balance better.
Walking on tippy toes
Walking heel to toe forwards
Walking heel to toe backwards