Verbs of MovementThe following page has learning games and example sentences using the following 31 words from the "verbs of movement" category:
Pairs: getting ready...
- Your mission is to pair pictures with their correct titles in as few a clicks as possible.
- Click on a card to turn it. Next, try to find its partner by clicking on a second card. (If you fail to find a match with your second click, both cards will turn again.)
- This is a memory game as well as a vocabulary-learning game.
- Click on your first card to start. Good luck!
to walk quietly and carefully on the tips of one's toes, typically to avoid making noise or to move stealthily
- Tiptoe means walking quietly on your toes, like a secret spy.
- You can tiptoe when you want to surprise someone or not make noise.
- Tiptoeing is like being a sneaky ninja.
- She tiptoed into the room so as not to wake the sleeping baby.
- He tiptoed around the creaky floorboards in the old house.
- They tiptoed past the guard to access the restricted area.
to stumble or lose balance and fall due to catching one's foot on something or losing coordination
- Tripping is when you accidentally fall down because something is in your way.
- Be careful not to trip on toys or rocks on the ground.
- Tripping can happen when you're not looking where you're going.
- She tripped over a root while hiking in the forest.
- He almost tripped on the uneven pavement.
- They laughed when their friend accidentally tripped over their own shoelaces.
to move on foot at a regular pace by alternating steps of the feet, typically at a slower speed than running
- Walking is how you move by taking one step after another with your feet.
- We walk to go to school, the park, or visit friends.
- Walking is a simple and fun way to get around.
- They decided to walk to the park instead of taking the car.
- She enjoys taking long walks along the beach at sunset.
- He walked his dog every morning in the neighborhood.
to move one's hand or arm back and forth as a greeting or signal
- Waving is saying 'hello' or 'goodbye' by moving your hand back and forth.
- People wave at each other to be friendly and greet one another.
- Waving is like saying 'hi' without words.
- She waved goodbye to her friends as the train pulled away from the station.
- He waved to his neighbor from across the street.
- They waved flags to show their support for the team.
to flex or curve a part of the body or an object by bringing it down or forward
- Bending is when you make something go from straight to a little bit curved.
- You can bend a stick or bend your knees to sit down.
- Bending helps you reach things on the ground.
- She bent down to tie her shoelaces.
- He bent the metal rod into a U-shape with his hands.
- They had to bend the tree branches to clear the pathway.
to hold and transport something from one place to another
- Carrying is holding something and taking it with you as you move.
- We carry backpacks to school and groceries from the store.
- Carrying things can be heavy or light, like carrying a teddy bear.
- She carried a heavy backpack filled with books to school.
- He carefully carried the fragile vase across the room.
- They helped carry groceries from the car to the kitchen.
a gymnastic move where a person rotates sideways while their hands and feet touch the ground alternately
- A cartwheel is a fun gymnastic move where you roll your body sideways with your hands and feet in the air.
- Kids do cartwheels in the grass or on soft ground and feel like acrobats.
- Cartwheels show off your flips and tricks.
- She performed a perfect cartwheel during the gymnastics competition.
- He taught his younger sibling how to do a cartwheel in the backyard.
- They watched in amazement as the acrobat executed a series of cartwheels.
to grasp or seize something in the air or with one's hands
- Catching means grabbing something that is thrown or flying through the air.
- You can catch a ball or a balloon when someone tosses it to you.
- Catching is like being a superhero with quick hands.
- She caught the baseball that was thrown to her.
- He tried to catch a falling leaf as it twirled to the ground.
- They cheered when their friend successfully caught the frisbee.
to strike the palms of one's hands together to create a sound, often as a form of applause or rhythmic expression
- Clapping is when you strike your hands together to make a sound, like applauding for a good performance.
- People clap at concerts, shows, and to show they liked something.
- Clapping can be loud or soft, depending on how you do it.
- The audience clapped enthusiastically after the performance.
- He clapped his hands to the beat of the music.
- They clapped in appreciation of the speaker's words.
to move slowly and low to the ground, typically on hands and knees or with the body close to the surface
- Crawling is how babies move on their hands and knees or belly, like a cute little animal.
- Babies learn to crawl before they can walk and explore the world.
- Crawling is like a baby's first adventure.
- The baby learned to crawl before taking their first steps.
- He had to crawl through a narrow tunnel in the cave.
- They crawled under the table to retrieve a dropped toy.
to move rhythmically and expressively to music, typically by stepping and moving the body in a coordinated way
- Dancing is moving your body to music, like when you groove to your favorite song.
- People dance at parties, weddings, and when they feel happy.
- Dancing is a way to express yourself and have a blast.
- She loved to dance at parties and weddings.
- He took dance lessons to learn different styles like salsa and tango.
- They danced under the stars on a warm summer night.
to plunge headfirst into water or a surface, often for swimming or as a form of acrobatics
- Diving is jumping headfirst into water, like a joyful splash.
- You dive into pools or the sea on a hot day to have a refreshing swim.
- Diving is a super cool way to make a big splash.
- She dove into the pool with a graceful somersault.
- He dared his friends to dive off the diving board at the lake.
- They watched as the dolphins performed incredible dives in the ocean.
to pull or haul something along a surface, often with effort and force
- Dragging is when you pull something heavy or tough to move it on the ground.
- You might drag a heavy suitcase at the airport or a sled in the snow.
- Dragging something takes strength and effort.
- She had to drag the heavy suitcase up the stairs.
- He dragged a fallen tree branch out of the pathway.
- They dragged a sled loaded with firewood through the snow.
to strike something with force, typically with a part of the body or an object
- Hitting means giving something or someone a little tap or bump with your hand or another object.
- Kids play games and hit balls with bats or rackets.
- Hitting gently is fun in games but not with friends.
- She hit the tennis ball with a powerful backhand stroke.
- He accidentally hit his thumb with the hammer while building a shelf.
- They played catch and tried not to hit each other too hard.
to propel oneself off the ground or surface with one's legs, often to reach a higher point or for exercise
- Jumping is pushing off the ground with your feet and going up into the air for a moment.
- Kids love to jump on trampolines and hop around like kangaroos.
- Jumping makes you feel like you can touch the sky.
- She could jump really high on the trampoline.
- He jumped over the puddle to avoid getting wet.
- They practiced long jump at the track and field competition.
to strike something or someone with one's foot, often with force
- Kicking is using your foot to give something a little push or tap.
- Soccer players kick the ball with their feet to score goals.
- Kicking can be fun and is like a soccer superstar move.
- She kicked the soccer ball into the goal to score a point.
- He accidentally kicked the chair while walking through the room.
- They kicked the fallen leaves on their autumn hike.
to press one's lips against someone or something as a sign of affection or greeting
- Kissing is touching someone or something with your lips to show love or care.
- People kiss their family and friends to show they care and love them.
- Kissing is a sweet way to say 'I like you.'
- She gave her grandmother a warm kiss on the cheek.
- He kissed the love letter before sealing it in an envelope.
- They shared a sweet kiss under the mistletoe during the holiday party.
to incline or bend one's body or an object in a particular direction
- Leaning is when you move your body or something else in a special way to rest or see better.
- You can lean against a tree to take a break or lean forward to see something exciting.
- Leaning helps you rest and explore.
- She leaned against the tree to rest for a moment.
- He leaned over the balcony to get a better view of the parade.
- They leaned their bikes against the wall before entering the cafÃ©.
to recline or rest one's body in a horizontal position, typically on a bed, couch, or the ground
- Lying down means resting your body flat on your back, like when you're ready to sleep.
- After a long day, people lie down in their comfy beds to get some rest.
- Lying down makes you feel cozy and relaxed.
- She decided to lie down on the hammock and relax.
- He lied down on the grass to watch the clouds drift by.
- They lied down under the stars during their camping trip.
to raise or elevate something or someone, often using one's strength or mechanical means
- Lifting is picking up something heavy and moving it up in the air.
- We lift books, toys, or even a teddy bear for a big hug.
- Lifting helps you feel strong and helpful.
- She lifted the heavy box with great effort.
- He lifted his son onto his shoulders for a better view of the parade.
- They used a crane to lift the construction materials to the upper floors.
to exert force to move something towards oneself or in a particular direction, typically by using hands or a tool
- Pulling is using your muscles to make something move toward you or away from something else.
- You pull the door to open it and pull your friend's hand when you want to play.
- Pulling is a strong and helpful action.
- She pulled the door open to enter the room.
- He pulled the sled with all his might up the hill.
- They pulled the weeds from the garden to make it look neat.
to strike with a closed fist, often in a forceful or aggressive manner
- Punching is giving something or someone a little hit with your closed fist.
- Boxers punch each other in the ring during a fight match.
- Punching is a sport and not something we do with friends.
- She punched the punching bag as part of her workout routine.
- He accidentally punched the air when he slipped on the ice.
- They punched holes in the paper to put it in a binder.
to exert force to move something away from oneself or in a particular direction, typically by using hands or a tool
- Pushing is using your muscles to make something move away from you or toward something else.
- You push your friend on the swing to make it go higher or push a cart in a store.
- Pushing is a way to move things easily.
- She pushed the shopping cart through the grocery store aisle.
- He pushed the door to open it and enter the room.
- They pushed the car to get it out of the muddy driveway.
to sit on and control a vehicle or animal for transportation or recreation
- Riding is sitting on something like a bike, car, or horse and moving along.
- Kids enjoy riding their bicycles and scooters in the park.
- Riding is a fun and easy way to go places.
- She loved to ride her bicycle along the scenic trail.
- He rode a horse for the first time during his vacation.
- They rode the roller coaster and screamed with excitement.
to move rapidly on foot, typically at a faster pace than walking, by alternating strides of the legs
- Running is moving really fast on your feet by taking big steps.
- Children run and play in the yard to have fun and stay active.
- Running is a great way to exercise and stay healthy.
- She ran a marathon and crossed the finish line with a smile.
- He ran to catch the bus before it pulled away from the stop.
- They ran around the playground, playing tag with their friends.
to rest one's body on a surface, typically a chair or seat, with one's weight supported
- Sitting is resting on your bottom with your legs bent at the knees.
- We sit in chairs, on the grass, or on a bench when we want to relax.
- Sitting is comfy and makes you feel rested.
- She liked to sit by the window and read a book.
- He sat at the dining table and enjoyed a delicious meal.
- They sat on the park bench and watched the children play.
to move forward by hopping or jumping lightly, often with one foot taking a quick step over the other
- Skipping is moving forward by hopping on one foot while the other foot is up in the air.
- Kids often skip when they're happy and want to play around.
- Skipping is a joyful and bouncy activity.
- She skipped rope in the schoolyard during recess.
- He skipped stones across the calm surface of the lake.
- They skipped along the beach, collecting seashells.
to support one's body on the feet, often in an upright position
- Standing is being upright on your feet without sitting or lying down.
- People stand in lines, at the bus stop, and during the national anthem.
- Standing tall shows you're strong and respectful.
- She stood in line patiently, waiting for her turn.
- He stood on the podium and received a medal for his achievement.
- They stood together at the concert, enjoying the music.
to extend one's body or limbs to full length, often to increase flexibility or relieve tension
- Stretching is making your body or arms and legs reach as far as they can go.
- Stretching in the morning helps wake up your body and get ready for the day.
- Stretching keeps your muscles flexible and happy.
- She stretched her arms and legs after waking up in the morning.
- He stretched his back to ease the stiffness from sitting too long.
- They stretched their bodies in yoga poses to relax and unwind.
to move through water by propelling oneself with one's arms and legs, often for recreation or exercise
- Swimming is moving your body through water by using your arms and legs.
- Many people love swimming in pools, lakes, and the ocean.
- Swimming is a valuable skill and so much fun!
- She learned to swim at a young age and felt at home in the pool.
- He swam in the clear blue waters of the ocean during his vacation.
- They swam laps in the indoor pool to stay fit and healthy.
to propel an object through the air with force and intention, often to reach a specific target
- Throwing means sending something through the air by using your hand or arm.
- You throw balls, frisbees, and paper airplanes for fun and games.
- Throwing things can be a cool way to make them fly.
- She threw the frisbee to her friend at the park.
- He threw a basketball into the hoop and scored a point.
- They threw pebbles into the pond, creating ripples on the surface.
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