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Now, when I say locomotor, this isn't about a train. Rather it's about the locomotion of kids, and how they should know how to move by the time they reach 3rd grade. Can you even imagine how difficult it would be for you to be active as adults if you didn't learn these basic skills! Don't take them for granted!

Locomotor movements include:

  • Skip (step-hop, step-hop; both sides)
  • Hop (1-foot)
  • Run (pump those arms!)
  • Walk
  • Gallop (step-together-step on 1 side)
  • Slide (sideways)

I use these generally in my warm-ups for grades K-1 or 2. They can be used as young as 4 years old and as old as 13+. Every one always needs a little tweaking or practice on how to move. Some activities will be listed in the video as well, but you generally can use any of these movements in majority of chase and fleeing type activities as well as movement in between relay activities or adding challenging elements to sports skill it's a different fitness element for those older kiddos! (Or adults? Parents? You tried this yet?!)

Next we have the NON-locomotor movements. A non-locomotor movement is what you would use generally in gymnastics-type activities. Non-locomotor movements inlcude:

  • Balance
  • Transfer of Weight
  • Stretch
  • Roll
  • Jump/Land


Modifications can be made for people with disabilities and injuries. Any questions should be left in the comments below, and I can definitely help out to make sure these are done safely! Thank you!

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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