Follow the Leader

Follow the Leader

Age: 
3-5 years, 5-8 years
Participants: 
1 - 20
Time: 
5 minutes
Setting: 
Home, School, ECEC
Cones (optional)
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Skills

Set Up:

  • Mark out a large area using cones (optional)
  • Children begin by lining up behind the coach

Description:

Players copy the coach as they move around the space:

  • Running
  • Jumping
  • Walking backwards
  • High knees
  • Heel flicks
  • Hopping
  • Skipping
  • Walking on tip-toes
  • Animal movements (crawl like a bear, jump like a frog)
  • Transport movements (fly like an aeroplane)
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Variations:

  • Rotate leaders and let a child be the leader
  • Incorporate playground equipment as you move around – climb up a ladder, slide down a slide
  • Use other parts of the available environment e.g. jump into a sandpit, run around a tree

Teaching Points:

  • Ensure players have eyes up and head still to avoid bumping into other players
  • Arms bent at elbows and move in opposition when running