Activities

Bullseye Throw

Draw a bullseye with chalk on pavement or place string down on some grass. Make a big outer circle, a medium circle inside that and a smaller circle inside that. Mark each circle different points, the smallest circle the most points, and the largest circle the least. Step back and throw a big rainbow pass up and see if you can land the ball in the bullseye. Give yourself the points that correspond to where they hit. Set a score with your friends and see who can get there first!


Newcomb

An even number of players are on each side of a volleyball net, clothes line or low hanging tree branch. Play a game of regular volleyball following the same rules but instead of hitting the ball you throw it and the other team catches it. You can use any type of ball that can be thrown and caught easily. If one team lets it drop in bounds, one point is awarded to the other team. Play each game to 21. Play a set of the best of 3 games to determine a winner.


When you diet without exercising you lose both muscle and fat. This is counterproductive since muscle loss will lower your resting metabolism.

Challenge for parents:

Now that everybody has received their pedometers, try to set an attainable goal of taking 50 additional steps each day.

Challenge for the kids:

With your steps counter write down the number of steps you take for five days. Bring in the total on your post test day and you could win a prize.

Game for the kids:

UNO Fitness (you will need a pack of UNO cards)

  • Skip Card -- skip one lap around the room/yard.
  • Reverse Card -- jog/walk 1 lap backward around room/yard.
  • Draw 2 Card -- draw 2 cards from regular UNO cards and perform the activity which corresponds to the card color using the number of repetitions indicated by the number on the card (keep reading for activities)
  • Wild Draw 4 Card -- draw 4 cards from the UNO deck and do all 4 activities
  • Wild Card -- draw from the wild draw pile (made up separate and placed in center away from other action) and do the activity listed.
  • Number Cards -- the student does the number of repetitions indicated at the activity station corresponding to the color. Example: A student draws a card that is 5 red. Go to the red sign with the exercise listed and do 5 push ups or whatever that sign has listed.

Red = Push-ups
Yellow = Sit-ups
Green = Jumping Jacks
Blue = Hill Climbers
Wild Cards= These you have to make on your own. Some ideas could include: run in place, hop in place, rockets, crab kicks, bicycles. Be sure to pick a number of times each in performed.


Kids ask a grown up to help you. Cut a one-gallon plastic jug (like a milk jug) in half horizontally. Recycle the bottom half of the jug, but save the top half with the handle and keep the cap. Grown-ups cover the cut edge of the jug with duct tape. Cut and decorate a jug for everyone in the family.

Now two or more family members can play together using the jugs to toss a tennis ball or beanbag back and forth. See if you can toss and catch without touching the ball with your hands. In the warmer months try tossing water balloons back and forth. The jug can also be used by one family member, toss the ball in the air and catch it using the jug, see how many successful tosses and catches you can make in a row.

Materials Needed: 4-8 soft balls for tagging (depending on number of players), 4-8 laminated pictures from each of the 5 Food Groups.

Description of Idea

This activity is a review of the 5 Food Groups. All of the tag games are similar, just change what the tagger represents, what the rescuers represent, and what those being tagged must do to be rescued. Once you have played one of the games it will be easy to instruct the others!

1. “I Can See Tag” – Foods from the Vegetable group help the eyes see better (Vitamin A). When a student is tagged by the tagger, the student must stop and place his hands over his eyes because all the Vitamin A has been “zapped” out of his body by the tagger. The rescuers hold pictures of carrots or other vegetables high in Vitamin A. When a rescuer sees a classmate who has lost his vision, he hands the classmate the carrot to replenish the Vitamin A. The person being rescued now becomes the new rescuer and the person who gave away his carrot to save his classmate is now trying to keep away from the taggers. Change taggers every minute or so.

2.“Ouch! Tag” – Foods from the Fruit Group help wounds heal (Vitamin C). The tagger represents a cut or scrape, the rescuers have pictures of Oranges or other fruits high in Vitamin C. If tagged the person holds a hand over the tagged body part and keeps saying “Ouch!” until he is rescued. He is free when a rescuer gives him the picture of the orange or other appropriate fruit.

3. “Where are My Teeth Tag” – Foods in the Milk Group help build strong teeth. The tagger represents calcium "Zapper." When tagged, the student must stop, cover his teeth with his lips, wave his arms and call for help without using his teeth to talk. He is free when a rescuer gives him a picture of a food from the Milk Group.

4.“Muscles, Muscles, Where are My Muscles? Tag” – Foods in the Meat Group provide protein to help build strong muscles. When tagged, the student bends forward at the waist (like a puppet on strings with no support) and calls out, “muscle, muscles, where are my muscles?” The rescuers have pictures of foods from the Meat Group.

5.“I’m SO Tired Tag” – Foods from the Grain Group supply energy to the body. Taggers represent energy zappers. When tagged, the student loses all his energy, kneels on one knee and calls out, “Where is my energy, Where is my energy,” until a rescuer gives him a picture of a grain group food.

Steps for Kids


 

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