Tip-Toe Dash

Tip-Toe Dash

Closing Activity
The children's balance and axial stability is put to the test while walking and turning on tippy-toes.
Activity Information
  • Skill Focus
    • Axial Stability
  • Equipment
    • No Equipment Required
    • Markers / Cones
  • Group Type
    • Individual
    • Small/Large Group
    • Special Needs
  • Activity Type
    • Body Positions
    • Balancing
    • Challenge
  • Environment
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
  • Space Allocation
    • Extra Small Space
    • Small Space
  • Special Needs
    • Able-Bodied
  • Physical Benefits
    • Balance
    • Body Awareness
    • Gross Motor Skills
    • Focus / Attention
  • Key Language
    • Walk
    • Tippy Toes
    • Reach
    • Tall
    • Turn
    • Balance

Activity Progressions and Adjustments

Beginners  Practice holding the balance in a stationary position first and then challenging the children to walk forwards and try the turn.

Intermediate  Have the children understand to squeeze the bottom and be as tall and straight as possible throughout the activity to help them balance.

Advanced  Place a beanbag on the head to add further difficulty.

Special Needs  A great exercise for strengthening and using the muscles in the feet. If balancing is too difficult, the child can walk on their toes as much as they can, rest and then continue on tippy-toes again.

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Have the children stand in a line with space between them and their feet together.

Place a marker approximately 6 meters away directly opposite them towards which they will walk. Indicate where the halfway mark is where the turn must be done.

When instructed they raise up onto their tippy toes and reach their arms upwards and start walking towards their marker.

On reaching the half way point the children have to turn a full circle while still reaching up tall with their arms and keeping on their tippy-toes, they then continue on to their marker.

The children return to their starting place once again doing the turn midway.

Encourage the children to make their body as long and as tall as possible by squeezing all their muscles tight and reaching with their fingertips towards the ceiling or sky. They can also focus on a point in front of them when walking to aid balance.

Ask each child to focus on a point directly in front of them and to keep their eyes on that point during the balance.

The children must try and maintain their balance and the tall extended body position throughout the activity and to not wobble at all.

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Safety Precautions

Be sure the children are not too close to each other so they do not fall into each other when doing the activity.

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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 Integration  The eyes are used to hold a visual focal point to aid balancing.

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