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Buddy Walkers and Jump Ropes

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Buddy Walkers and Jump Ropes

Buddy Walkers and Jump Ropes
by Dr. Britt

The main objective this month is General Coordination.  Both activities will require young children to work together (with another person, or with an object) to move appropriately.  Students will enjoy these activities, but will also be forced to sequence movements as they are performing the skills.

This will lead to better understanding of how the body moves, as well as prepare the body for other sequencing skills, such as math problems.

Buddy Walkers

Objectives
Students will use buddy walkers as a way to work in teams and to improve balance as a group.

Materials
Several different buddy walkers   (2- person, 3-person and 5-person)

Activity Buddy Walkers

Introduction
Students will be informed of the rules of the buddy walkers and how they are supposed to be used.
5 min

Activity
Students will get the chance to try to move with the different buddy walkers.  Students should use all the types (2,3 and 5 person). Races will be held to see who can move the fastest on each buddy walker.      20 min

Wrap-up
Students will be reminded about the importance of balance and how working together is a large part of balancing.
5 min

Jump Ropes

Objectives
Students will jump rope in different forms to improve general coordination skills

Materials
Jump ropes   (based on size – should come to arm-pits when standing on rope)

Activity: Jump Rope

Introduction
Show the students how to fit themselves for a jump rope.  Also, let the students know the rules for the day with the jump ropes.
5 min

Activity
Students will be given time to play with the jump ropes.  They should use them as something to jump over, something to walk on, and something to jump with.  They can use a jump rope in many ways.  Younger students may have to do more with the rope than just using it to jump rope with. More advanced students can jump rope individually, or with groups and the larger ropes.
20 min

Wrap-up
Remind students of the importance of general coordination and how this may help them in the future.
5 min

 

Dr. Britt Johnson

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2 Comments


  1. Tracy, 5 years ago Reply

    Where did you get the buddy walker? My son loved it and he is special needs. I would love to get him on. thanks, tracy


    • Anonymous, 5 years ago Reply

      Tracy,

      These can be made easily out of thick twine rope and 2×4’s. They can also be baught in various equipment magazines such as palos sports. I believe they are


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