This session we are going to visit the friendly ogre in his swamp.
Pretend that the ogre has stolen some shoes and randomly place these around the space.
For the warm-up, move around the swap in lots of different ways.
Weave in and out of some shoes, move on your hands and knees or feet, jump and hop around the swamp, climb over imaginary rocks.
Then when you call out a body part, touch a shoe with that body part.
This game involves practicing underarm throwing and you can use a bean bag, or some rolled up socks.
Make lots of circle targets using cones, hoops, dressing-gown chords.
The aim is to throw (underarm) the sock ball or bean bag into the circles.
Each time it lands in the circle you get a point.
Encourage the object to be thrown in an arc and start of close to the target then make the challenge harder by standing further away. Try to step the opposite foot forward as you throw - this helps sends messages across the mid-brain and to both sides of the body.CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A PDF TO HELP YOU TEACH YOUR CHILD TO THROW
Equipment needed: Shoes - welly boots if you have them? Football, Deflated ball or square ball for the 2 year old
Using a mini football or any ball that you have, take the ball around the swamp using your feet with lots of small touches on the ball.
When the parent calls "Clumsy Ogre" the children can try to knock over shoes or cones whilst the parent stands them up again!
Take turns who is the clumsy ogre and repeat the dribbling before another round.CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A PDF TO HELP YOU TEACH YOUR CHILD TO KICK A BALL
This is where you and your children can get creative! Use lots of items from around the house for your obstacle course.
This could be crawling under a chair, walking on cushions or climbing over a bench.
You can even add some skills to different parts of the obstacle course.
Maybe one section includes the clumsy ogre challenges or balancing objects.
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.
Click here to read more about the Wales Academy for Health & Physical Literacy and the importance of movement
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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