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Hoop, Hoop, Hurray!

So now that you know what OPEN is, I would LOVE to share some of the activity plans. If you missed the post about OPENPhysed or if you need to refresh your memory, please see the blog post https://abcsofmovement.com/open-here-for-free-resources/ for an introduction to www.OPENPhysed.org. Today I am going to share some of the activities in Hoops 1. This module consists of six developmentally appropriate movement games/activities for preschool age children. However, they are great to use with kindergarten age children and children with special needs, too. Each activity should take approximately 10 minutes. We use 24” hoops from www.USGames.com as they are the perfect size for young children to successfully manage. Schedule 6 activity breaks throughout the day to provide 60 minutes of daily physical activity. For example, Hoop Race allows students to practice various locomotor movements and tasks. While students are sitting inside their hoops they count from 1 to 10 together as a class. On the adult leaders signal, they stand up and start walking safely around their hoops while count each lap that they complete. After completing 10 laps, they sit inside their hoop and wait for the whole class to finish. The students can then switch directions and repeat, follow a locomotor task that the adult leader is performing, or even try different movements to cross over the hoop. The purpose of Balancing Body Parts is to recognize the names of different body parts. As the leader calls out a body part, students place that body parts inside their hoop (foot, hand, head, elbow). Next, we add color to the body parts called. Students place their appropriate body part inside a hoop of that color, sharing the hoops with others. What a fun way to learn body parts and colors! In addition, students are working on developmental indicators as they share hoops and engage with classmates. Students learn about water safety during Bodies of Water. With the hoops representing water, students learn about the importance of being safe around a variety of bodies of water as they move around their hoops. In addition, students are encouraged to discuss different types of plants and animals that live in or near the various bodies of water. When comparing and contrasting these concepts, students are learning about scientific inquiry while demonstrating knowledge of personal safety practices (being safe around water). These are three of the FREE activity plans at Hoops 1. To get your totally customizable movement exploration activity plans visit www.OPENPhysed.org.  

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