Fun in the Sun

Basic Activity Info

Activity Type: 

  • Physical
Age Group: 
6-9 yrs
9-12 yrs
Time Requirement: 
20minutes

Group Size: 

  • Large Group
  • Medium Group
  • Small Group

Play Area: 

  • Gymnasium (large indoor space)
  • Outdoor - Field

Fundamental Skills: 

  • Hop
  • Jump
  • Run
  • Skip
Objective: 

Participants complete the sun filled activities with their group.
Other Skills:
Coordination

Equipment: 

Mission sheets (see step-by-step for missions)

Set Up: 

Set up the activity area.
Have the mission sheets prepared for each group.

Step by Step: 

Warm Up

  1. Have participants start in groups of 4–6 in a straight line. Have the first participant lead the group around the activity area slowly, with all the group members following the leader’s moves.
  2. On your signal the first participant goes to the end of the line and the second participant moves to the front and leads the group around the activity area in a slightly faster manner.
  3. This pattern continues until the last participant leads the group around the activity area at a fast and controlled speed.
  4. Lead, or have a participant lead, a stretching routine (see Ministry of Education, Daily Physical Activity in Schools Grades 1–3, Appendix C, for sample stretches, or www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teachers/dpa1-3.pdf).

Steps

Fun in the Sun

  1. Divide the participants into groups of 2–5 and give each group a mission sheet.
  2. Inform the groups that they may begin at any number on the sheet, but each member must do every mission.
  3. The entire group must be linked (e.g., hold on to each other’s waists, hands, link elbows, linked by a towel, rubber chicken) while performing the missions.

Missions

  1. Front Crawl - Run around the activity area 3 times while moving your arms as if swimming.
  2. Jump Rope - Do a 2-foot hop around the activity area once while pretending to jump rope.
  3. Sit and Row - Run to each corner of the activity area, sit down and row your team’s boat, 10 times in each corner.
  4. Bicycle Ride - Lie on your back and move legs in a pedaling action 30 times.
  5. Beach Ball Bash - Jump up in the air and pretend to hit a beach ball over a net 10 times.
  6. Sing and Dance - Sing the chorus from “Hands Up, Baby Hands Up!” 4 times, while dancing on the spot with your hands in the air.
  7. Sunshine Stride Jumps - Perform 25 jumping jacks in the centre of the activity area.
  8. Skip and Touch - Skip and touch the 4 corners of the activity area.
  9. Hip Hop Scotch - Perform various patterns of hopping and jumping across the activity area.
  10. Hula Twist - Jog around the activity area twice while pretending to use a hula hoop.

Have the group sing a song or perform a chant when the mission has been completed.

Cool Down

  1. Have participants start in groups of 4–6 in a straight line. Have the first participant lead the group around the activity area slowly, with all the group members following the leader’s moves.
  2. On your signal the first participant goes to the end of the line and the second participant moves to the front and leads the group around the activity area in a slightly slower manner.
  3. This pattern continues until the last participant leads the group around the activity area at a slow and exaggerated speed.
  4. Lead, or have a participant lead, a stretching routine (see Ministry of Education, Daily Physical Activity in Schools Grades 1–3, Appendix C, for sample stretches, or www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teachers/dpa1-3.pdf).
Safety Considerations: 

Remind participants to be cautious when moving and be aware of the personal space of others.

Adaptations (General): 

Focus on only a few of the activities at first and slowly add new ones. You may need to demonstrate some or all of the missions. Adapt missions to best meet the needs and skill level of the participants.
For younger participants you may need to ensure that each group has a participant who can read, or have the activity be leader directed.

Source: 

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