Balance Twister

Balance Twister

Age: 
3-5 years, 5-8 years, 8+ years
Participants: 
1 - 20
Time: 
5 minutes
Setting: 
Home, School, ECEC
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Skills

Set Up:

  • Place coloured flat markers in a grid arrangement 4 x 4 or larger with approximately 30cm between each marker (set-up a number of grids if you have a large group)
  • Children begin by standing around the outside of the grid

Description:

Children move around without touching markers using different locomotor commands such as hopping, jumping etc.

When the coach blows the whistle, children freeze.

Coach then calls out specific directions:

  • Put one hand on a red marker
  • Stand with one foot on a yellow marker
  • Jump over a blue marker
  • Place two hands and a foot on different coloured markers
  • Balance on 1 arm and 1 leg on a green marker
  • Make a bridge only touching yellow markers
  • Balance on your bottom only on a red marker
Balance Twister

Variations:

  • If children know their left and right, you can play this more like a game of twister e.g. place left hand on red, right foot on red. You could make your own twister spinner
  • Keep going until everyone is twisted up and then have the children gallop around the area until you start again
  • Incorporate partner balances e.g. 4 feet all on a blue marker

Teaching Points:

  • Keep body still and tight
  • Head and eyes look ahead