Wicked Witch (run, jump, hop, skip)

Wicked Witch (run, jump, hop, skip)

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

Set Up:

  • 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 (Balance) 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:

  • Jump around the square – jumping as far as you can
  • Jump around the square – jumping as high as you can
  • Run around in the direction the witch calls (forward, backward, left, right)
  • Skip around
  • Hop on one leg – change legs
  • Hop in a circle
  • Jump up to the sky
  • Run backwards
  • Run with high knees
  • Run on the spot
  • Run at different speeds the witch commands (super fast, super slow)

After calling out a number of commands the witch drops the wand and children race to the castle (marked by cones) asthe 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:

Jumping

  • Land like you are riding a motorbike – arms forward, ankles, knees and hips bent, feet apart
  • Land as quiet as a mouse
  • Swing & Spring
  • Reach for a star and bring it down again

Running

  • Hip to lip – arms are bent and travel from a child’s hip to their lip
  • Hands closed lightly – like holding a small bird
  • Eyes up
  • High knees
  • Land on the ball of the foot

Hop

  • Quiet landings (bend ankles, knees and hips)
  • Bend your leg to push off
  • Head up and eyes forward (look towards where you are hopping)
  • Swing & spring

Skip

  • Step-hop, step-hop, step-hop
  • Step forward and hop up
  • Look ahead
  • Keep body facing forward
Wicked Witch (kick and dribble)