Spin & Stop

Spin & Stop

Activity Four
The children are challenged to spin around, stop and then balance on one leg.
Activity Information
  • Skill Focus
    • Axial Stability
  • Equipment
    • No Equipment Required
  • Group Type
    • Individual
    • Small/Large Group
    • Special Needs
  • Activity Type
    • Balancing
    • Turning
    • Spinning
  • Environment
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
  • Space Allocation
    • Small Space
    • Large Space
  • Special Needs
    • Able-Bodied
  • Physical Benefits
    • Balance
    • Directionality
    • Body Awareness
    • Gross Motor Skills
  • Key Language
    • Stand
    • Spin
    • Stop
    • Balance
    • Leg
    • Slowly
    • Faster

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.

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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.

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Safety Precautions

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.

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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 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.

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