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Pre-K YOUR Way: Planet Spin

Materials Needed:

  • One (1) Yellow Object
  • One (1) Piece of Sidewalk Chalk
  • Five (5) Popsicle Sticks
  • One (1) Empty Container


Step 1: Have the child find an object that is Yellow that can be easily moved and not breakable.

Step 2: Place the yellow object in the middle of a floor.

Step 3: The adult should use sidewalk chalk to draw a large circle around the yellow object.

Step 4: Tell the child the yellow object is the “sun”.

Step 5: Tell the child they’re going to be a planet orbiting around the “sun”.

Step 6: The adult should write the numbers 1 through 5 on popsicle sticks, one number should be written on each popsicle stick. Place the popsicle sticks into an empty container.

Step 7: Tell the child to stand on the circle that is around the “sun” (yellow object).

Step 8: Tell the child that when planets orbit around the sun they spin slowly.

Step 9: The adult should pick a popsicle stick.

Step 10: Show the popsicle stick to the child and ask them to name the number.

Step 11: Have the child walk on the chalk line, while slowly spinning, the same number of times that is written on the popsicle stick. 

For Example: If the popsicle stick has the number 5 written on it, then the child should spin around in a circle 5 times while trying to walk on the chalk line.

Step 12: Repeat Steps 9 through 11 until the child has completed one orbit around the “sun” (when they have spun in circles on the chalk line and reached the spot they started in Step 7)

** Important – It is important for the child to take frequent breaks during this activity so they don’t get dizzy.

Learning Objectives:

Number Sense
One to One Correspondence
Number Identification
Understanding Scientific Concepts

Following Directions

Problem Solving
Shape Identification

Motor Skills
Gross Motor: Body Awareness
Gross Motor: Coordination
Gross Motor: Balance

What is one thing you learned about your child during this activity?

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