Winter Holiday Station and Warm Up Ideas

It’s the most wonderful time of the yearrrrrrrrr! Teaching during the holidays is one of my favorite things, so here are some station ideas (and some warm ups, yippee!) to make your holiday week the best one yet.

Warm Ups

  1. Koo Koo Kanga Roo’s Brrrrrr Dance a Long

Did someone say ‘cold’ themed warm ups? Enter: Koo Koo Kanga Roo’s Brrrrrr dance a long song. You can play this and dance a long with them or make up your own moves with the song.

2. Dance, Freeze, Melt by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael

Mr. Eric, of Pete the Cat fame, brings us this gem of a warm up song. This is a great one to use year around, but is especially awesome during a winter themed set up. Kids will love the meeeeeeeelting part! This song is super cute with parent tot class.

Stations for a Winter Holiday Theme

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Bust out that garland, because the more sparkle, the better! Here we’re doing either forward rolls or cartwheels over the garland. This is a good one to practice stretching out during cartwheels.

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This is a simple ‘sledding hill’ station, rolling in a super tight tuck like a snowball. If you’re artsy, draw some cute snowflakes all over this sledding hill!

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Bells are so festive, how could we leave them out? Incorporate all of your gymnast’s senses (save the ‘taste’ for candy canes after class, unless someone snacks on a block of chalk #itcouldhappeninpreschool) by using bells on the rings. Having those bells there will make even timid swingers more inclined to really give these rings a BIG swing to make the bells ring.

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Big apologies I don’t have an actual picture of this, but the story of a gingerbread man/girl makes for a perfect vaulting station. “RUN, RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN, YOU CAN’T CATCH ME, I’M THE GINGERBREAD MAN!” is awesome to use to practice a fast sprint down the vault runway.

Let your imagination run wild during this magical time of year!

Happy Holidays to You and Yours from Happy Gymnastics!