Number Cross-Over

Number Cross-Over

Activity Four
The children need to listen and react as they swap places when their number is called.
Activity Information
  • Skill Focus
    • Spatial Awareness
  • Equipment
    • Hoops
  • Group Type
    • Small/Large Group
    • Special Needs
  • Activity Type
    • Running
    • Challenge
    • Game
  • Environment
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
  • Space Allocation
    • Small Space
    • Large Space
  • Special Needs
    • Physically Challenged
  • Physical Benefits
    • Balance
    • Sequencing
    • Body Awareness
  • Key Language
    • Circle
    • Opposite
    • Number
    • Change
    • Places
    • Run

Activity Progressions and Adjustments

Beginners  Call out the numbers in numerical order to help the children adjust to the activity.

Intermediate  Say the numbers randomly and with varied length of time before calling each number.  This will create anticipation and focus.

Advanced  Have the children “high five” each other when meeting in the middle. This requires more body control and focus.

Special Needs  The children may have difficulty remembering their number or reacting accordingly. It may help to touch the shoulder of the child whose number you call.

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Have the children stand on a placement or in a hoop in a circle. An even number of children are needed for this activity so an adults can stand in if needed.

The children partner a child that is opposite them, For example, if there are ten children in the circle walk around the circle counting from one to five twice. The children opposite each other should end up with the same number and they are then partners.

The adult calls a number between one and five. The pair whose number is called must run from one side to the other, and change places with their partner, taking care not to bump into each other.

Before starting the activity, call each number to make sure they have remembered their numbers correctly to avoid confusion when the numbers are called.


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Safety Precautions
Be sure that the children are safely standing in their hoop before calling another number.

Be aware of children running at the wrong time as a collision could occur.

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Sensory and Cognitive Benefits

Vestibular-Cerebellum  Stimulation of the neural networks in the cerebellum (balance center in the brain).

Proprioception  Activation of muscle and joint receptors responsible for body and spatial awareness.

Visual-Motor and Auditory-Motor Integration  Communication between the eyes, ears, and brain to react appropriately and avoid colliding with a partner.

Auditory Processing and Short-Term Memory  Processing the number given, retaining it in memory and responding when the number is called

Social Skills  Cooperation and turn-taking are put into practice.


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