Basic Activity Info
- Large Group
- Medium Group
- Small Group
- Gymnasium (large indoor space)
- Outdoor - Field
Locomotor, stability, and manipulative skills
Sprint, hurdle, and jump
1 beach ball or large softball
Sheets of paper
Audio equipment and music (optional)
Divide the group into groups of 3–6 and give each group a mission sheet.
- For this version of “Simon Says”, choose 4 participants to start as HAL (Healthy Active Living) for 4 games, to be played simultaneously in each corner of the activity area.
- Place the rest of the participants into 4 groups, each facing their HAL.
- HAL gives a series of commands that gradually increase in speed and intensity and include activities that move joints though their range of motion (shoulder rolls, arm circles, etc.). Participants respond only to commands starting with “HAL says.” For example: “HAL says march on the spot ”, or “March on the spot.”
- When participants respond to commands that don't start with "HAL says", they move clockwise to the next corner and join in that game.
- Play lively music and switch HAL frequently.
Each group is challenged to complete the tasks together as quickly as possible. Each group member must perform each mission. Groups may perform the missions in any order. After completing each mission, participants place 2 sheets of paper on the floor, put a foot firmly on each piece of paper and “speed-skate” 1 lap around the activity area, travelling as a group.
Jump for Joy: Do 5 vertical wall jumps on each wall (squat jumps could be used if wall space is a challenge).
Pedal Pushers: Sit on the floor and do 25 bicycle pedals (can also be done from a chair).
Snowball Madness: Jog in place, throw and catch a snowball (scrunched up paper) 10 times. Try 3 tricks (e.g., clap and catch, under the leg throw and catch, clap front and back and catch).
Snowball Juggle: Form a circle with your group, jog in place, and toss a snowball (scrunched up paper, ball or beanbag) around the circle 5 times.
Flurry: Jog on the spot as fast as possible, taking tiny, quick steps while your group sings a chorus of “Jingle Bells” together.
Snowball Keep-ups: Use a beach ball to perform 12 keep-ups with the group. Keep your feet moving at all times and start over if the ball is dropped.
Sit and Stand: Sit down and stand-up in quick succession 10 times.
Mountain Climbers: Stand and pretend to climb a mountain by stepping up with the right leg and reaching up with the left arm. Alternate right and left and repeat 10 times. Add a hop to increase the intensity.
Slalom Course: Form a line with your group and speed-walk across the activity area in a zigzag pattern.
Ski Jumps: With feet together, jump from side to side over an imaginary line 15 times.
The first group finished forms a line and speed-skates around the activity area. The other groups join in as they complete their tasks.
- Participants form groups of 2–3 and number off; (eg. #1, #2, #3).
- Participant #1s are the first to look into the mirror (face their partner/group), march in place and chant, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who’s the COOLEST one of all?” At this point, Participant #1 starts doing a cool-down movement or stretch. The other participants in the group copy/mirror the move.
- After 1 minute, give a signal for the participants to change roles so the #2s look in the “mirror” and do the chant, etc.
Remind participants to be cautious when moving and to be aware of the personal space of others.
Ensure that participants understand the importance of moving their joints through a full range of motion to warm up. For more warm-up and cool-down ideas, see Ministry of Education, Daily Physical Activity in Schools, Grades 4–6, Appendix C, or http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teachers/dpa4-6.pdf.
Play lively music throughout the duration of the missions.
You could have groups make a list of Healthy Active Living resolutions for the new year and share them.
Have another participant guide those who are blind or visually impaired.
It may not be possible for participants with a mobility limitation to “speed skate” on the sheet of paper. Consider having these participants travel along with their group, moving in whatever way they are most comfortable. Encourage these participants to participate in the various challenges to the extent that they can, and try to incorporate activities which correspond with their unique strengths.
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