The movement-stories approach to increasing physical activity in kindergartens during the pandemic


  • Patrizia Tortella Free University of Bolzano, Italy
  • Fracesca D'Elia University of Salerno, Italy
  • Daniele Coco University “Roma Tre”, Italy
  • Guido Fumagalli University of Verona, Italy



Storytelling, Physical activity, Kindergarten, Kindergarten teacher training, Motor development, Learning methodology


Research shows that the pandemic has increased sedentariness and decreased physical activity even in pre-schoolers. To deal with this period, the association Laboratorio 0246 proposed to some Italian kindergarten teachers an active training based on “movement-stories”. 39 teachers of kindergartens in 6 Italian regions were involved. All teachers completed the course a questionnaire, reporting difficulties related to space, time, bureaucratic demands, and highlighting problems in socializing with children due to restrictions. Most teachers reported that activities with storytelling in motion appeal to children, can be implemented in any indoor or outdoor setting, are easy to implement, and promote active children. There is a need for teacher training, including technical training about physical activity. Without the specific knowledge base, it is difficult for teachers to understand the real needs related to physical activity and to use methodology and didactics. The research-training-action pathway demonstrates to be well suited to address this situation.


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Tortella, P., D’Elia, F., Coco, D., & Fumagalli, G. (2021). The movement-stories approach to increasing physical activity in kindergartens during the pandemic. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 16(4proc), S2057-S2068.

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