The children are challenged to spin around, stop and then balance on one leg.
No Equipment Required
Gross Motor Skills
Activity Progressions and Adjustments
Adult / Child This activity is for all ages. Count how long to spin for and vary the length of spinning time depending on the age of the children. Add further challenge by having your child balance on one leg after stopping.
Have the children stand in a space with approximately two meters of space between them.
On the instruction to “spin”, the children must spin around in place.
On instruction to “stop”, the children stop and try to balance on one leg.
On the first turn, have the children spin slowly so the balance is achievable.
For the next few turns encourage the children to spin faster. Balancing becomes more challenging with speed.
Encourage the children to try and spin on the spot without traveling around too much to keep them from bumping into each other.
Be sure there is plenty of space for this activity if there are several children spinning at once.
Clear the spinning area of any obstacles that the children may trip over.
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 responsible for body and spatial awareness.
Auditory-Motor Integration Required to listen to the instruction and move correctly.
Focus and Concentration Necessary to activate to do the activity correctly.
Lateralisation Discrimination between left and right sides.
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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