Wicked Witch (balance)

Wicked Witch (balance)

Age: 
3-5 years, 5-8 years
Participants: 
4+
Time: 
10 minutes
Setting: 
School, ECEC
Hurdles (small; cones can be used if not available), Witches Hats (x1), Poles (x1)
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Skills

Setup

  • Mark out a 10m x 10m square with cones
  • Set up cones or hurdles in castle formation (a circle shape works well) 15 metres away from the marked square
  • Children all start in the square
  • Coach has a pole and a witches hat on their head (you are the Wicked Witch)

Note: Wicked Witch can be used for any skill focus by adjusting the activities you do. See Wicked Witch (Catch), Wicked Witch (Hop, Skip, Run, Jump) and Wicked Witch (Kicking & Dribbling) activity plans for more ideas.

Description

All players are in the square and the witch (coach) holds a stick as a wand. The witch holds wand up in the air and calls commands: 

  • Balance one foot like a flamingo
  • Balance on one arm and one leg
  • Run around in the direction the witch calls (forward, backward, left, right)
  • Stand as tall as a tree on your tippy toes reaching up the sky
  • Hop on one leg – change legs
  • Run backwards
  • Make a bridge
  • Walk like a crab/Jump like a kangaroo/Crawl like a bear
  • Pretend you are a tightrope walker (arms out like an aeroplane)

After calling out a number of commands the witch drops the wand and children race to the castle (marked by cones) as the witch chases after them. Children then return to the square and the witch continues with the commands.

Variations

  • If caught by the witch children can do 3 frog jumps
  • A child can have a turn being the witch and calling commands
  • Some younger children find the idea of a Wicked Witch scary, change it to Friendly Pixie

Teaching Points

Balance

  • Head up
  • Aeroplane arms
  • Eyes forward looking at something ahead of them e.g. tree
Wicked Witch (balance)