To help incorporate imaginative play we like to offer the kids a song called We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by the Kiboomers. We will put the audio on for the song and walk around with them while singing the song together.
During the course of the song we have to walk through tall wavy grass, swim through a big river, go through the mud, go into a cave and when we find the bear in the cave we run back out of the cave, through the mud, across the river, and through the tall grass to our home (usually screaming like banshees).
To add to the fun you can setup a lite obstacle course to act as the grass, river, mud, cave and home – or you can just use your imagination to its full! You could also do this game in your own backyard, which could be real fun, unless you ran into a real bear!
One of our favorite things about this game is that it builds on a sequence and then reverses it, helps spark imagination, and can be an active game to get energy out. At some level is also builds an understanding of acceptance – i.e. this obstacle is in front of me, what can I do about? Nothing – OK, well, then I need to go through it.
One of our favorite ways to get the kids energy out is to queue up The Kiboomers on YouTube or via Alexa and play The Floor is Lava kids dance song. The song instructs the children to dance, wiggle, tip-toe, and crawl before counting down for them to get off the floor before it turns into lava.
As you can imagine, this is great fun for the kids and it produces a lot of silliness and running around. When the alert is sounding during the refrain we typically all wave our hands in the air like crazy people. Even “Bacon” gets in on that action, and he’s only a year and half old.
Another thing we’ve done to make this more fun is to add in foam balance rocks that we have to stand on to avoid the lava. It takes a bit more balance and can add to the fun.
When we are all tired from the Floor is Lava we will switch to the Freeze Dance, also by The Kiboomers and try to get stuck in as many funny positions and faces as possible when frozen.
Both games are very active and require following directions – so the kids gain some skillsets too. Adding in the foam balance rocks gives the added fun of balancing while escaping the lava or being frozen!