Making Body Shapes (with Printable Body Shape Cards)

movement gamesOne simple movement game that the children used to love when I was teaching was making body shapes. Immy loves it too and I think it is a great game because it is easy to play both inside and outside.

In it’s simplest form, to play body shapes I would ask the children to use their bodies to make the shape of an animal or object. A more complicated version of the game involved me showing the children cards of stick figures body shapes for them to attempt to imitate.

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As well as moving, this version of the game involves lots of problem solving, and inevitably lots of laughter too.  This is a fun way to play, explore and learn about the body and it’s range of movement, encouraging body control, co-ordination and balance.

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If your would like your very own set of Body Shape cards, you can download each of the three sets shown above (in pdf format)  by clicking on each picture. Then print them out, laminate and play!

Why don’t you give it a go as well :)

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  1. Thank you Christie! Have just printed off a copy to play with Miss 4 and Miss 2 after preschool today – should be lots of fun! :)

  2. thanks! these are great, and just in time because our kids are very into yoga and body movements lately!

  3. I think these are terrific! I definitely saved me a set to use with my class!!

  4. Love these. I’m going to print a set at home for my kids, and a set for school for when I have preps. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thanks so much for these – what a fab idea! I can’t wait to play with them tomorrow with my munchkins. I really love your blog… thanks so much for all your ace ideas :)

  6. I can’t believe I’ve never seen these cards before – they are so great! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I printed these to play with my 2 yo. She had a little bit of a hard time figuring out what was happening in the picture so I drew on noses. It helps for her to know which way the face is pointed, especially on some of the sitting poses.

  8. Thanks. We’ve been using them with my 4 and 2 year old and they love them. We sometimes turn the cards around to see a silly alternative. They like going through the cards really quickly and seeing how fast they can do them or how long they can keep their balance.

  9. this is great. i did a post with a link to your site in my blog, so much i loved it!

  10. I love this idea. I put a link to your post from I’d love to see a version kids could do from their car/plane seat. :)

  11. I love this idea. I put a link to your post from I’d love to see a version kids could do from their car/plane seat :). Meanwhile I’ll have to fix my printer so I can give it a go with my kids.

  12. My little yoga lover would LOVE these! :) Thanks for sharing! I think I’ll be printing and laminating these asap!

  13. Rosalind Oliver says:

    Thank you for your images. I was wondering if you know of a song that accompanies this activity?


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