For the Warm up let's play "Pirate Says..."
Take turns to decide what Pirate tells us to do such as "Pirate Says spin around."
See what ideas you can come up with, you could even use equipment if you want to.
Pretend that the pirates have found a treasure chest on the beach.
Use balls, socks, or even fruit as the treasure.
Some of the cheeky pirates are going to try and steal the treasure but the chief has to stop them.
If you turn around and catch your child trying to steal the treasure, they have to freeze and balance.
As a challenge you could add a bat or a pan for your children to collect the balls with.
Encourage your child to travel in different ways when collecting the treasure. You could change the task by asking them to retrieve the treasure using their feet, dribbling, jumping or balancing.
Pretend the balls are coconuts and practice kicking them through some targets.
You can make targets using chairs, cones, shoes or even each other's legs.
See how many targets you can kick the coconuts through in 30 seconds.
Encourage foot placement next to ball. You can alter the distances to target and size of target - make the target bigger to make the task harder, or smaller to make the task more challenging.CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A PDF TO HELP YOU TEACH YOUR CHILD TO KICK A BALL
Set up a fun pirate treasure hunt obstacle course with lots of fun challenges and some treasure at the end.
You could include some equipment and balls as part of your obstacle course and why not kick some coconuts too.
After each time through the obstacle course collect one piece of treasure and try again.
Encourage your child to travel in different pathways and in different ways by changing the layout of the course.
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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