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Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Day 17
Reindeer Relay
FROM HOPPING TO SKIPPING (Approximately 4+ years)

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When I was a teacher, I would set aside an afternoon in December to host an Olympic-style Reindeer Games out on the playground. Here's one of my favorites. And all you need is a candy cane and kids who love to run!

Create a single lane for this game and have half the kids stand at either end of the lane. I called them the North Pole and South Pole teams.

Encourage the kids to work together to decide what order they'll go in. If they're struggling with this, give them some clues... shortest to tallest, boy-girl-boy-girl, etc. (Lesson: problem solving.) Also, provide a visual cue such as a line or rope on the ground for them to line up behind.

Next, explain the concept of a relay race. The only one who can run is the one holding the candy cane. (Lesson: wait for your turn.)

The object of the game is to get all of the North Polers to the South Pole and all of the South Polers to the North Pole. (Lesson: cooperation)

ROUND 1. Run like Rudolph!
ROUND 2. Leap like Blitzen!
ROUND 3. Dance like Dancer!
ROUND 4. Waddle like Penny the Penguin!*

*Put two lines down on the ground with chalk or rope and have the children walk on the lines to create a waddle. Make the ropes wider or narrower to challenge their movements even more.

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