Activity Introduction

Subject: Physical Education – Check out more curriculum materials here.

Age group: 2-5 years.

Time required: About 15 mins.

Quick summary: Kids connect with their bodies and take notice of their heartbeat before and after physical activity. They tap out the pattern of their heartbeat in response to their emotions (scared, calm, excited, etc.) in a fun music and rhythm game.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Physical Movement for Early Learning.

Resources required:

  • Space to sit in a circle. Getting outside in nature is always good for our spirits, but inside will also do just as nicely.

EYLF Learning Outcome


Outcome 3:

Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

2. Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing

Outcome 5:

Children are effective communicators

1. Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes

This activity has been developed with the support of the Phillips Foundation and the Thyne Reid Foundation.


Teacher Worksheet

Background information

Learning goals: This activity is all about paying attention to our bodies, and the way our bodies respond to physical activity.

Notes on child development: Play is crucial to the development of children’s gross and fine motor skills. Through play, children practice and perfect control and coordination of large body movements, as well as small movements of hands and fingers.  Gross motor skills involve control of the arms, legs, head, and trunk. Fine motor skills involve the careful control of small muscles in the hands, feet, fingers, and toes. Controlling the muscles of the tongue and lips in order to speak or sing is also a fine motor skill. Find out more here.

Everyday moments can be fun learning opportunities for kids. Pretending, creating and helping allows kids to discover new things. Play helps children learn about themselves and where they fit in the world. Evidence shows that play can support learning across physical, social, emotional and intellectua

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