Games, Rivers, Seas and Oceans

Gymnastics for hands


  • Familiarize kids with phrases related to rivers
  • Physical activity (especially useful after fine motor work)


Time: 15-20 minutes


  • Presentation available for download

Flow of the task

A teacher downloads the presentation, they can print and laminate it. They show pictures one after another and talks about each of them. Kids try to remember the terminology related to rivers. Next, the teacher informs, that they will be showing the pictures and the kids will have to make a certain move with it (description below). The teacher with kids discuss the moves, to later on start the game. Kids get up, the teacher chooses at random one of the photos,, kids make the move, teacher shows another photo, etc. After the first round, the teacher says, that this time the pictures will be shown faster, kids try to concentrate and do the task not only correctly, but also well.

River – kids put their right hand in front of them

Water source – kids touch their right arm with their left hand (teacher explains: this is a place where the river starts)

Estuary – kids touch the fingertips of their right hand with their left hand (teacher explains: this is a place where the river ends)

Tributary – kids put their left hand in front of them and catch their right wrist (teacher explains: here one river links with another one)

Meander – hands of the kids move like snakes (teacher explains: here the river looks like loops or arcs)

Estuary – kids link right and left arms and create a circle (teacher explains: this is a place where fresh river water mixes with salt water from the sea)

Delta – kids spread their fingers of both hands (teacher explains: this is a place where the river flows into the sea or lake and has a few creeks and these lands are like swamp)

Runoff – kids move their left hand fingers (fast) from their arm to the fingers of their right hand (teacher explains: this is a place where river starts)


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This post was created as part of a project co-financed by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt in cooperation with Naturschutzzentrum Oberlausitzer Bergland.

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