Place some marker spots down in a line like stepping stones (call them ‘lily pads’ if using Hoppy’s Leap theme – see Make it fun). If you don’t have marker spots, see Make your equipment suitable below for further ideas.
The children can perform a range of footwork exercises along the marker spots (lily pads).
3 – 7 yrs
Face forwards along the line of Lilypads and leap from one foot to the other
Jump forwards with both feet together
Hop forwards along the lily pads using right foot only (then change to using left foot on next turn)
On tiptoes, run forwards along the lily pads (both feet need to land on and push off each lily pad)
Turn sideways to the lily pads (as shown in the diagram) and on tiptoes, side-step along them (change sides to face the other way on second turn)
5 – 7 yrs choose from all of the above, plus…
Turn sideways to the lily pads (as shown in the diagram) and on tiptoes, side-step along them. If moving from left to right then lead with right foot first, if moving right to left then lead with left foot first.
Hopscotch forwards (jump off one foot to land with both feet either side of a lily pad, jump back onto the lily pad on one foot)
Stand sideways on a lily pad and jump and twist to land with both feet facing the other direction (a half turn)
Jump with both feet together to land two lily pads forwards and then jump one backwards
Jump like a frog (crouch down and then jump forwards using hands and fingertips to land back in a crouch)
Ensure that the movement the children are performing is suitable for the space you have available.
When jumping, hopping or leaping, always land with bent knees to absorb the force and protect the joints. After a few goes let the knees and ankles recover with an activity like walking or add in some rests.
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What else could the marker spots represent? Some ideas: stepping stones across a fast flowing river or a lava lake; buildings that the children have to move along the tops of like superheroes; big muddy puddles that the children need to splash in.
Tell a story the children need to act out as they move along the marker spots.
Each time they land on a marker spot they need to make a different sound.
Leaper’s theme: Hoppy takes us across the pond on the lily pads. Be careful not to fall in otherwise the big fish or the otters could get us. Make sure we move quickly and keep moving otherwise the herons and other big birds could swoop down and get us.
Always make sure whatever equipment you are using is safe and appropriate for that use.
If you don’t have access to marker spots, you could also mark plate sized circles in a line on the ground with chalk.
You can also simply draw a straight line or use any straight line that may be already marked on the ground (such as a marking in a playpark). Use the line to jump backwards and forwards over, hop over and sidestep along.
Use this activity to introduce your children to the type of foot coordination and speed skills that an athlete might perform on an agility ladder. This type of activity can build a foundation for all types of movement and many sports. It is also energetic and develops leg and core body strength.
In addition to burning lots of calories; activities like running, jumping, hopping, skipping, leaping, all help develop long term bone strength which is really important for children.
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