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My name is Andrew Mantzaris. I am a local Physical Educator for elementary students, sports coach, and life-time mover. My job entails getting children and young adults moving. I don't just want kids to get involved in sports or going outside, but I want them to really enjoy and be passionate about being active as they grow up. Whether it's with friends, family or classmates, the limits of having fun while being active are endless.

These blogs are a resource for you as the adult to work with the kiddos when they don't have the opportunity to go to P.E. at school or if you have some extra time at home.

Hey! Maybe it'll be a good opportunity for you to get active as well! If at any time watching my video blogs or reading through you have any questions about activities or need me to help clarify something for you, please post a message in the comments. I'm here to help as many people as possible to become life-long movers and enjoy the benefits of being active.

**One thing I want to mention as a new (or even older parent) PLEASE do not think technology can all be negative for your little one to be active. There are countless resources that you can use with your son/daughter through the wonderful world of technology! That will be in another blog...

In this blog we are looking at a big part of development for little ones (ages 2-6), and that would be body parts. Most of the time warm-ups with my students consist of identifying body parts while changing levels (high, medium and low). This may remind you of the "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" activity you may have done as a child. Similar, yes, but this adds a little more to it!

In the video, I will go over how to do this. You can add a movement element to it as well, which I demonstrate in the warm-ups, or you can just have them moving up and down. That decision is up to you as the adult, but I recommend you do this with them to show how fun it can be and lead them along!

Body Part Identification

  • Hands up high (hands reach to the sky)
  • Hands on head
  • Hands up high
  • Hands on knees
  • Hands on toes
  • Hands up high
  • Hands on nose
  • Hands up high
  • Hands on ears
  • Hands up high
  • Hands on eyes

The list goes on with this activity. In the video, you can use my examples or even do your own. My recommendation would be to try and get to as many body parts as possible each time and stay consistent! Your child will learn body parts in a snap and impress their teachers, friends and family!

PE Tip

Adding muscles/muscle groups can be something VERY impressive to know at this age. My kindergarteners can show where biceps, triceps, hamstrings, abdominal muscles's quite a sight to see! Don't sell their little sponge brains short, they can learn a ton. Spice it up!


If your little one has trouble with finding a body part, or physically isn't capable without them out! I almost always invite my best students to come up front and act as my human demonstrators.


Each child (like adults) learn differently!! And have fun!!

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Andrew Mantzaris

Andrew is a certified physical education instructor in Omaha, Nebraska. His desire is to help every child become a "lifelong mover" by teaching the fundamentals about body movement while making it fun in the process. In his class, you could be playing numerous variations of tag activities, learning sports related skills, doing body weight exercises or testing out some new dance moves. He is committed to making life long moving accessible to all ages and skill levels by coaching h ...

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