The Toy Titan

  
  

Name of Activity:

The Toy Titan

Purpose of Activity:

To enhance the locomotor skills of walking, running, hopping, jumping, galloping, and sliding.

Prerequisites:

Demonstrates the correct form for walking, running, galloping, and sliding.

Ability to find their heart rate using the carotid artery.

Suggested Grade Level:

K-2

Materials Needed:

4 cones for the lap markers; 1 trash wheel barrel; 3 to 4 baskets full of various balls, rubber pigs, bowling pins, bean bags, tennis balls, etc.

Description of Idea

The activity will utilize the outside of the basketball court with cones marking the turn corners. An empty wheeled trash barrel (surrounded by heavy duty cones) is put on the end of the gym closest. Baskets full of “toys” are spread out about 12 feet away from the empty trash barrel (spread each about 5 to 6 feet apart so there isn’t a bottleneck created when kids first come in.

“The Toy Titan”

You remember that we have been learning that making our hearts beat faster when we are exercising makes our hearts stronger; and, that is a GREAT thing! Because I know all of you want to help your hearts get stronger, I have an adventure that will get your heart going and will help children in the Land of Rainbow Mountains as well.

In the city of Polkadot Cheese (the Land of Rainbow Mountains), the evil Toy Titan has stolen all of the toys from the children living there. They are very sad and need your help!
Your mission? To secretly sneak fun toys in to the city of Polkadot Cheese! You will see our “secret” toy dropping spot (empty wheel barrel) and all the toys we need to get into the “secret” spot!

Your challenge? You have to be careful of the Toy Titan who flies from his sinister cave every now and then; you never know when he is coming! He has a special radar in his horrible hideout that will go off if he sees you. If you perform the locomotor skills of walking, running, galloping, and sliding correctly, he will never see you dropping off toys on his radar. So, it is very important that you perform your locomotor skills exactly how you were taught!

You will begin with a toy already in your hand. You will walk around the cones one time and drop your toy into the “secret” spot (empty trash barrel). After grabbing another toy (only one toy at a time), you run around the cones one time and drop your toy into the “secret” spot. The third time around, you gallop around the cones. The fourth time, you slide around the cones.

So, let’s get your toy in your hand and get ready to start! I will remind you how to perform walking, running, galloping, and sliding correctly if you are performing it incorrectly; we don’t want the Toy Titan to show up!

Grab a toy and let’s get ready to help children in the city of Polkadot Cheese! (At the end of the activity, have students check to see if their heart rate is going faster and making their heart stronger)

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