Healthy Hearts - Get Moving!

Basic Activity Info

Activity Type: 

  • Physical
Age Group: 
6-9 yrs
9-12 yrs
Time Requirement: 
25minutes

Group Size: 

  • Large Group
  • Medium Group
  • Small Group

Play Area: 

  • Gymnasium (large indoor space)
  • Outdoor - Field

Fundamental Skills: 

  • Hop
  • Jump
  • Run
  • Skip
Objective: 

For participants to complete the missions listed in the step-by-step section.
Other Skills:
Flexibility
Agility
Speed

Equipment: 

Mission sheets

Set Up: 

Divide the group into groups of 2–5 and give each group a mission sheet.  

 

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. 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. This pattern continues until the last participant leads the group around the activity area at a fast and controlled speed.
  2. 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

Inform the groups that they may begin at any number on the sheet, but each member must do every mission.  

The entire group must be linked (e.g., hold on to each other’s waists, hands, link elbows, linked by a towel or rubber chicken) while performing the missions.

  1. Cinnamon Heart Can-Can:  Link arms and do the Can-Can leg kick, 25 times each leg.

  2. Sing and Hop: Sing “I Love You, You Love Me” (the Barney theme) while hopping first on one foot, then on the other foot.

  3. Sole Mates: Lie on your back and clap your feet (soles) with a partner’s feet, 3 times, then stand up and perform 15 jumping jacks together.

  4. Valentine “V-Sit”: Run to each corner of the activity area and perform a v-sit (sit on bottom with arms and legs in the shape of a “V”) for 10 seconds.

  5. Hugs and Kisses: Jump in the air and make your body into an “X”-shape and then an “O” (similar to jumping jacks) 10 times for each letter.

  6. Lovely Lunges: Perform walking lunges the length of the activity area.

  7. Cupid’s Crunches: Run to each corner of the activity area and perform 10 crunches.

  8. Hand in Hand: Skip around the activity area twice, holding hands with a team member.

  9. Hopping Hearts: Hop on one foot across the activity area.

  10. Head over Heels: Crawl under the legs of someone on your team 3 times.

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. On your signal the first participant goes to the end of the line and the second participant moves to the front and moves the group around the activity area in a slightly slower manner. This pattern continues until the last participant leads the group around the activity area at a slow and exaggerated speed. 
  2. 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 to be aware of the personal space of others.

Variations: 

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.
For young participants you may need to ensure that each group has a participant who can read, or have the activity be leader directed.

Adaptations (General): 

Encourage groups to move in a linked manner in ways in which all participants are most comfortable. Try to develop missions which correspond with the strengths of participants, recognizing that those with a disability may lack the coordination, dexterity and stamina needed to successfully complete the missions as they are.

Source: 

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