by Carol Goodrow
Here's another simple and fun activity to keep kids moving. The "Triangle" is set up on the field with cones. An adult (parent, teacher, or club leader) stands at each corner of the triangle.
READY, SET, GO!
Start with 1/3 of the kids. The first group starts at the "Singing" corner. (We sang one verse of our Happy Feet Kids Club song.) After singing, they walk to next station.
At the next station, they jog in place for about 10 seconds, then they run to the next station. Here they do ten jumping jacks, then jog to the singing station and they start all over again!
It's much more fun for the kids if they carry kid-made paper triangles as they run, so at the start of club, have some outlines ready. I draw the whole diagram on the white board (rainbow treasures and all). Kids copy the directions for the game, make their own little action stick figures, then add the "rainbow treasures": the strawberry, carrot, sun, trees, sky, and flower.
ONE VERSE OF THE HAPPY FEET CLUB SONG
A strawberry for you,
A carrot for me,
Bright yellow sun,
Green trees to see,
Deep blue sky,
A violet flower,
Rainbow treasures surround the hour!
Click on graphic for larger cutout.
THE PRINTABLE CUTOUT
Have plenty of crayons and markers available for kids. Be ready to help the few children who have trouble cutting.
Besides serving as motivator for this activity, this cutout will also act as a memory or following directions aid to the children as they participate in this routine. Just click on the little graphic and print the pdf file.
I have been doing "triangles" for years with kids. It's a nifty set-up which can be easily adapted to any setting or activity. You can find an high school version in Eric Anderson's Training Games (second edition), TAF News.