Top Stretching Movements for Children Part Three
Stretches that the students can do to relieve stress and relax before, after or during work. If students are restless or feeling stressed about upcoming tests, or need to calm down to focus on work, take them through some of these stretches to get them focused and engaged in the upcoming tasks.
Students lightly touch the point above each eye halfway between their hairline and their eyebrow with fingertips of each hand. Ask them to close their eyes and breathe slowly and deeply for a few seconds. Release and repeat three times.
Students need to find their own space and sit on the ground. Once they are ready, ask them to rock all the ways backwards then come up forwards. See if they can do ten rolls without losing their balance. These rockers are great for relaxing the students’ backs and also work on balance and coordination by performing ten controlled rockers.
Fingers and Wrists
Students can stretch their fingers and wrists in a number of ways. Ask them to put their fingers on the edge of their desk, and slowly push down until they feel a comfortable stretch in their fingers and wrists. Hold this for ten seconds then slowly release tension. Repeat this three times. You can also challenge your students to explore different stretches they can come up with for their fingers and wrists. This is a good way to encourage the student’s development and sharing within the class.
Students can do these standing or sitting. Ask them to relax their shoulders, letting all the tension out. Once they are relaxed ask them to slowly move their heads around in a large circle. Do five slow circles clockwise then five anticlockwise. While the students do this make sure they have focus on controlled breathing – in through the nose, out through their mouths.
Students start by putting their hands behind their head. Students then gently press their head against their hands and count to two before letting go and relaxing. They should concentrate on controlled breathing and repeat five times.
Students step to the front with their left leg, bending their left knee forward so their knee is over their ankle. The student’s right leg stays behind with the foot flat on the ground. Students balance for twenty seconds then swap legs and repeat the stretch. Try two on each leg.