BAMMM Program


Through these twelve learning activities, teachers and caregivers of preschool children are provided the tools that can:
  • Instill in children a desire to become lifelong readers
  • Instill in children a desire to become lifelong readers
  • Give children the skills and motivation to become physically active for life
  • Enrich the curriculum and learning environment

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BAMMM Activity Book PDF


The following sections of the learning activity are to be included in one group session: Introduce the Activity, Present the Story, Extend the Story and Conclude the Session.
The Benchmarks listed at the beginning of the learning activity apply to the group session. Movement skills that are the focus of many of the activities are also listed. If a program does not have access to the featured book, use one of the other books listed and make necessary adjustments to the activities while focusing on the listed movement skills. Teachers and caregivers are invited to include, where appropriate for their children, the additional activities.
Individual programs may need to adapt the movement activities so each child can participate as independently and successfully as possible. Consider having children who are prone to injury wear eye and/or head protection.


Each program will have to determine the space that is available for a movement program. Providing sufficient space for the children in the group to move safely is a key component of a successful movement education program.


Establish with children some rules for your movement program that include the following:
  • How children are to enter and leave the space used for movement activities
  • Space children are to stay within during movement activities (boundaries)
  • Stop and go signal such as clapping hands, striking drum or striking two rhythm sticks together (children freeze when they hear the signal)
  • Self-space, which is the space that immediately surrounds each child’s body (carpet squares or personal marker spots help define self-space)
  • Safe ways to move during activities such as walking, running and galloping (move without touching anyone else, not getting too close to others)
Consider creating an illustrated rules chart with the children. When beginning a movement program with a new group of children, review the chart at the start of each session, then review later as needed. Here is a sample of a rules chart.

Rules for Safe Movement

Walk into the activity room and sit on your carpet square.
  • Respect everyone's self-space
  • Stop when you hear the drum beat.
  • Move around the room without touching anyone.
  • Stay in the boundaries.

Teacher/Caregiver Support

Before beginning a movement education program, consider reviewing the two books by Stephen W. Sanders that are listed under Resources. These books provide a solid foundation for developing a safe and developmentally appropriate movement education program for preschool children.
To enhance your techniques for reading aloud and for conducting successful small group activities with children, the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education has two videos available for check-out and viewing. The video titles are listed under Resources.


Movement Education Books
  • Active for Life: Developmentally Appropriate Movement Programs for Young Children by Stephen W. Sanders, published by National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, D.C. in cooperation with Human Kinetics Publishers, Champaign, IL (2002)
  • Designing Preschool Movement Programs by Stephen W. Sanders, published by Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL (1992)
  • Read it Again! Experience the Joy of Reading Aloud with Children
  • Math and Science Experiences for Preschool Children: Hands on Learning in Small Groups
Videos can be checked out from the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education
Developers: Dot Brown, President, Early Childhood Services, Inc., Beverly C Wright, Education Consultant
Artists: Laverne Nelson – line drawings, Ellen Voyles – story telling figures
Reviewers: Terri Helms, Early Childhood Consultant, Kalani Sarver, Director, First United Methodist Church Child Development Center, Hot Springs


This project is funded by Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, through the Federal Child Care Development Fund.