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Keep Transition Time Fun!

Whether the kids just finished a day of school, about to start one or tired after an interactive lesson, it is always important to make the transition from activity to activity engaging and fun. Stretching is a great way to keep their attention without adding to the chaos or, in the case of right after school, to gather kids’ attention before the games begin. Here are some simple stretches or low impact activities that help maintain the smiles on the kids faces.

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Alphabet Stretch

Participants will stretch their way through the alphabet! Participants will use their bodies to make the shape of the letter with their bodies. Younger participants will focus more on stretching the shape of upper and lower case letters. Older participants can stretch their vocabulary words or just challenging words in general.

These two Body Cross Activities cross the midline, which science proves boosts focus and critical thinking skills!

Here is how to explain this activity

  • Stand up straight, feet about hip-width apart

  • Bend left knee, bringing left heel toward bottom

  • Reach right hand behind your back, to touch left toe

Have the participants return to starting position, then proceed to switch sides

  • Bring the right heel toward bottom

  • Reach left hand behind back to touch right toe

Alternate sides to complete 10 on each side for a total of 20 reps.

The directions for this activity should be carried out as a step by step instruction

  • Stand up straight, feet about hip-width apart

  • Bend left knee bringing knee toward chest

  • Reach right elbow to touch left knee.

After following through those steps, have them return to their regular stance and then switch sides

  • Bring right knee toward chest

  • Reach left elbow toward right knee

Continue to switch sides, making sure your elbow touches the opposite knee. Keep alternating to complete 10 on each side for a total of 20 reps!

Race in Place

Participants will run in place as fast as they can for a certain amount of time or while spelling a word, solving a math problem, etc! It can also be performed while seated in chairs.

Another way to spice up this exercise is to keep the kids on their toes and switch between the commands, slow, medium and fast. This will keep the kids waiting for the change in speeds and keep them paying attention to the instructor.

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Have you ever played rock, paper, scissors? Instead of using our hands, participants will use their bodies! All participants can play against an instructor or they can partner up. If you want to play rock, you’ll get in a squat position, for scissors do a jumping jack, and for paper, get into a plank. Start with backs facing each other, count 1, 2, 3, go! Then turn around and make your move!

Rock (squat) beats scissors (jumping jack), scissors beats paper (plank), Plank (paper) beats rock (squat).


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