Educational Ways to Use Freeze Games
Submitted by Margie La Bella
This activity is great for rainy days and kids love it. The best part is that they're learning and they don't even realize it because of all the fun they're having!
Top 10 variations of Move and Freeze game and some benefits on the side.
1.Move to the music and sit when it stops.
2.Dance and freeze in place when the music stops.
3.Dance minimally when the music is soft and grandly when loud. And stop.
4.Dance and put a specific body part on a chair when the music stops.
5.Freeze like an animal or character you are studying or reading about.
6.Freeze and connect to a partner. Same part to same part. (Elbow to elbow.....)
7.Freeze like an object in the room like a chair, or pencil, or flag for instance.
8.Freeze like the something that rhymes with a word, like something that starts with a specific letter, or near to a particular color....
9.Freeze by the function of an object. What? Yes, freeze by the thing you sharpen pencils with. Freeze by the thing come in and go out from..... or the thing we can look out through...
10.Freeze like a preposition. Under something, over something, on the side of your chair, putting your right hand on your right foot.
11.Bonus: Freeze like the leader.
Freeze games have stood the test of time and there is a reason. They are nutrition for our brains. Brains always seek more sophisticated stimulation. Here are some of the frozen benefits. Freeze games require the recognition of sound verses silence, give and take, interest in the “other,” listening, auditory processing, concentration and attention, bodily control and coordination, imagination, and expectancy. The game is also good for waiting and impulse control, building all types of language, conceptual and pre-academic skills, social skills and more. These skills are all used for higher emotional and academic intelligence. Oh, and they're fun to play.