Timing and distance is learned as the children duck an approaching rope.
Focus / Attention
Activity Progressions and Adjustments
Video Supports all levels
Beginners Move very slowly, to begin with, and be sure all children are watching the rope.
Intermediate Cautiously increase the speed of the approaching rope.
Advanced Decrease the distance the rope will move close to the children so there is less time to react.
Special Needs Do the activity according to the level of ability of your child or children and increase the speed as needed.
Tie two or three ropes together to make one long rope.
Have the children stand in a line in the middle of the room within the range of the length of the rope coming towards them.
Two adults hold the ends of the rope so that it is taut and walk towards the children with the rope held at the average head height of the children.
Be sure all the children are watching the rope as it comes towards them so they are ready to react.
As the rope comes close, the children must duck down, bending their knees as they do so, to avoid being hit by the rope.
Do this cautiously at first until all the children fully understand the activity.
Once the rope has passed over all the children, the adults can turn around and repeat the activity.
Be strict with children who duck incorrectly, they should drop their body weight straight down without leaning to the side or backward.
Be sure all the children are ready and watching the rope before moving forwards. If you notice a child is not alert, say their name or stop.
Sensory and Cognitive Benefits
Vestibular-Cerebellum Stimulation of the neural networks in the cerebellum (balance center in the brain).
Proprioception Stimulation of muscle and joint receptors are responsible for body and spatial awareness.
Visual-Motor Integration As the eyes communicate each position of the rope, the muscles activate appropriately to avoid the rope.
Skill Focus Definitions
The ability to anticipate and react to changes in balance as the body moves through space. Such as required for tumbling, rotation in flight, jumps, and leaps.
Static Balance is one of the most fundamental movement skills. It is the body's ability to maintain a stationary position with control while performing a task.
Is the awareness of space between oneself and another object or person. It is also the learning of positional vocabulary through using their body to help develop an understanding of direction, distance, and location.
These are movements where the body travels through space from one location to another. Locomotor movements primarily use the feet for support, however, the hands and feet can be used together as well.
These skills are part of the gross motors skills group and involve the use of the hands or feet or any other body part to move or manipulate an object. This could be in the form of throwing, kicking, catching, striking or bouncing.
Axial stability involves any form of movement organized around the axis of the body involving the spine. This can occur in different spatial planes and can include bending, twisting, turning, rolling or stretching.
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