Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Movement
- Medium-sized rubber ball
- Plastic cones
- Gross motor
- Cooperative play
- Hand-eye coordination
Bouncing relay: Divide children into two lines that stand opposite each other. Use colored chalk or masking tape to mark off where children should form their lines. Explain that the first child will bounce a ball to the first child in the other line, and then go to the back of the other child's line. Continue until all children are on the opposite side from where they started.
Obstacle course: Organize children in the same lines as above and set up a few plastic cones to create an obstacle course. First, invite children to bounce the ball while walking through the cones. Next, suggest they make their way through the cones while moving the ball with their feet.
Pass back: Invite children to form a single line and ask them to stand with their feet spread apart and with enough space between each other so they can pass a ball through their legs to the back of the line. Explain that when the last child gets the ball she will bounce it to the front of the line and start the game over. The game ends when the line reaches the opposite side of the play area.
Invent-a-relay: Invite children to think of other types of relay games they can do with or without balls. Assist them in organizing groups and trying out their ideas. Remember: Keep games non-competitive so that children can focus on teamwork, learning new skills, and having fun.
What's Round?: Ask parents to take a walk with their child through their home or neighborhood and make a list of all the things that are round. Provide children with a sheet of drawing paper so they can draw a picture of something round to share with the class.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: SCIENCE
Bouncing Balls: Collect a variety of balls. Invite children to predict which one will bounce the highest. Then ask them to test their predictions.
Balls! by John E. Barrett
Clifford the Big Red Dog: The Missing Beach Ball by Sonali Fry
The Story of the Red Rubber Ball by Constance Levy