SPLAT THE FISH
This session we are going to visit the Fisherman's Quay and for the warm up we are going to play splat the fish!
This game involves placing lots of markers on the floor - you can use tea towels, placemats or any flat household item and pretend these are the fish.
Move around the space in a range of ways whilst splatting the fish.
You could add in a ball and splat the fish using the ball either by rolling the ball over the spots with hands or feet.
Set-up the space with small circles which are the fishing pools.
These can be hoops or made from string or dressing gown chords and set up spaced out from each-other in your garden, living space or at the park.
Within each circle place balloon or a ball and pretend these are the fish inside the pools.
Throw up the fish into the air as if they are jumping out the water and your child has to try and catch them and then put them back into the pool.
Encourage your child to keep their eyes on the ball. Use a balloon or a scarf which allows more time for them to track the object with their eyes before catching.CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A PDF TO HELP YOU TEACH YOUR CHILD TO CATCH
IN THE NET!
This game is for you and your child to practice shooting.
You can use a net if you have one, or a bed sheet hung up / between two chairs.
Start by positioning the target straight ahead and begin kicking from stationary, before progressing to include a run up.
Encourage foot placement next to ball and for them to keep their eyes on the ball. You can alter the distances to target and size of target, or they could start at an angle.CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A PDF TO HELP YOU TEACH YOUR CHILD TO KICK A BALL
SEA LIFE OBSTACLE FUN
Let's get creative and make a sea life themed obstacle course.
Use lots of items from around the house and include lots of challenges such as crawling under a chair, balancing on a line, weaving in between plant pots or climbing over a bench.
Try to add some skills using equipment too - maybe one section involves catching fish or shooting the football.
Change layout of course to encourage your child to travel in different pathways and in different ways.
Our collaboration with the Wales Academy for Health & Physical Literacy at UWTSD
Footie Families has been developed by Dr Nalda Wainwright, Director of the Wales Academy for Health & Physical Literacy and the FAW-Trust. Dr Wainwright is an internationally recognised expert in the field of Physical Literacy. Her research into the Foundation Phase curriculum in Wales led to the development of a programme, SKIP Cymru© (Successful Kinaesthetic Instruction for Pre-schoolers in Wales) in collaboration with Professor Jackie Goodway of The Ohio State University. This programme supports the development of physical literacy in the crucial time of early childhood. This work has been recognised internationally as well being a recommendation in the Welsh Government Health and Social Care and Sport Committee report on Physical Activity of Children and Young People. Footie Families draws on the work of SKIP-Cymru© and incorporates structured play-based activities for parents and their children facilitated by specifically trained coaches.
The Importance of Moving in the Early Years – Wales Academy for Health and Physical Literacy
Moving in the Early Years. Children are not moving as much as they used to years ago. They are spending more time watching TV and playing on computer games, IPads and phones. Visit physicalliteracy.cymru
With this collaboration, a PhD research project focuses on evaluating how Footie Families supports parents in improving pre-school children’s motor development as well as improving family's physical activity levels. Currently, this research is focussing on how parents feel that the lockdown period has impacted their children's physical activity levels so we are looking for parents of 2-5 year olds to take part in a 20 minute zoom chat.
Click here for more information about the research project and how you can support this project.
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