Rope Duck

Rope Duck

Activity Four
Timing and distance is learned as the children duck an approaching rope.
Activity Information
  • Skill Focus
    • Dynamic Balance
  • Equipment
    • Ropes
  • Group Type
    • Small/Large Group
    • Special Needs
  • Activity Type
    • Challenge
    • Game
    • Playground
  • Environment
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
  • Space Allocation
    • Small Space
    • Large Space
  • Special Needs
    • Able-Bodied
    • Physically Challenged
  • Physical Benefits
    • Balance
    • Directionality
    • Body Awareness
    • Focus / Attention
    • Motor Planning
    • Timing
  • Key Language
    • Rope
    • Watch
    • React
    • Duck
    • Drop
    • Straight
    • Down

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.

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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.

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Safety Precautions

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.

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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.

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