My students are active first graders that love to pretend and get their sillies out! But in our neighborhood, only a few students live in a house with a yard and even fewer participate in after school athletic activities. With the video game and tablet craze being what it is, children are not getting out to play in a place where they are safe and supervised. Although we have frequent movement breaks throughout the day, sometimes the only gross motor, physical activity they get during the week is recess, once a day.
Recess is a well deserved break after a day of learning but, the learning doesn't have to end in the classroom! With the right quantity and quality of recess equipment, students practice the life skills of sharing, taking turns, teamwork, problem solving and sportsmanship. Since our recess yard does not have grass, the balls will allow for partner and team games. The chalk will allow students to draw or create parameters for their games. The hula hoops and jump ropes are great for increasing coordination and stamina! Students can also practice responsibility by placing the equipment in the pop-up bins and equipment bags.
Having indoor toys as well that promote concentration and coordination will make those dreary East coast winter days something to look forward to!
The ring-toss, egg & spoon game, and stepping buckets will promote balance and hand-eye coordination.
Students who may not have access to a variety of gross-motor toys at home will be able to participate in child-lead games every day both indoors and outdoors, if weather permits. I believe this will increase their positive peer interactions and will carry over into the classroom learning environment as well!
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