Memory

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: 

  • Run
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Objective: 

For participants to exercise their memory in a physical active activity.

Equipment: 

Numbered pylons
Random objects, such as: cards, toys, pictures etc...

Set Up: 

Place the numbered pylons throughout the designated area with an object under each pylon.

Step by Step: 
  1. Numbered pylons are placed randomly around the gym or playing area.
  2. Underneath each pylon is a distinctive object or playing card.
  3. Divide the group into small groups or have this be an individual activity.
  4. Each participant is given a time limit to run around the gym looking under each pylon – participants must remember where each object is located.
  5. Participants line up along a starting point.
  6. The leader calls out an object or card.
  7. One participant from each group or each participant runs to the pylon and stands beside the one they think the object is located under.
  8. The team gets a point if the object is under the chosen pylon.
  9. Can make this a race, and the first participant to stand beside the correct pylon gets the point for that round.
  10. If working in pairs or small groups, the leader could name two objects, and each group member must stand beside each object.
Safety Considerations: 

Remind participants to run with their heads up and always be aware of their surroundings.
Ensure the play area is free of safety hazards and obstacles.

Variations: 

Increase or decrease the number of objects depending on the size of the group.
Make this a passing activity, and when one group members stands beside the pylon, their other group member has to throw them a ball or object.
Have to dribble a basketball to each pylon and at all times. 

Adaptations (Blindness/Visual Impairment): 
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Have another participant guide those who are blind or visually impaired to move around and identify the objects under pylons.

Adaptations (Cognitive/Learning Impairment): 
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Recognize that it may be difficult for participants with a cognitive limitation to remember the objects and corresponding pylons. A modification may be to have them be responsible for remembering a limited number – not the entire sequence of pylons and objects.

 

Source: 

Ontario Basketball Association. For more information, visit www.basketball.on.ca