Here is a fun activity for you—one that I like to call “Oopsie Daisy”! It is a quick activity that is much more fun if demonstrated and done with these words.
The “Oopsie Daisy” activity supports:
⋅ Directional movement
⋅ Motor planning
⋅ Core strength & posture
⋅ Combining words & actions
Here are some age-appropriate teaching suggestions.
Ages 3 to 4:
Touch the knee that needs to drop down towards the knee placed on the floor, then encourage the lifting of the other knee, while the body does a half turn to face the other way. Give verbal prompting until the children have learned how to do the activity alone.
Ages 5 to 6:
Have the children do the activity but vary the speed of saying “Oopsie Daisy”. Start by saying it slow to begin with and then faster, or slow “Oopsie” and fast “Daisy”.
Ages 7 to 8:
Have the children do the activity on a bench facing one direction with one knee up, on instruction they need to do the activity, carefully placing the first knee on the bench and lifting the other. The arms can be held shoulder height out to the sides. This requires more balance and concentration.
Be sure to explain and demonstrate to the children that the upper knee drops down next to the knee on the floor and then that knee then immediately lifts up. These actions result in the body facing the other way. Explain that the word “Oopsie” belongs to the knee drop, and “Daisy” belongs to the knee lift. So the children are putting an instruction to an action. Encourage the children to hold the trunk of their bodies up nice and straight when doing the activity.
Other ways to practice “Oopsie Daisy”:
⋅Periodically during the day shout the words “Oopsie Daisy” as a surprise! The children must drop to the floor and do the activity.
⋅Have the children in a circle with the same knee down and the other up. When you say “Oopsie Daisy” they all do it in unison, so developing teamwork.
⋅Have the children in a circle and do the activity like a wave and then have the wave return the other way. So one starts the “Oopsie” part, then the next, and the next. The last child immediately does the “Daisy” part and the wave moves back in the opposite direction.
⋅ Insert claps or lift the arms up and down at the start, in the middle or at the end. This will challenge their motor planning and support sequencing.