Paper Plate Education
Activity: Physical Fitness
For many years I used paper plates in the gym for Kindergartners through 2nd graders. I would use colored markers to write a color name on each plate --blue marker said BLUE, red marker said RED, etc. Each child would get a plate, that would be his/her "home" plate.
Activities would include such things as balancing on your paper plate on various body parts, taking a prescribed number of steps or jumps away from your plate & back again (helped with math concepts - use addition, subtraction, etc.), balancing on your plate with 1, 2, or 3 body parts on the plate, leaving your own plate on the floor & traveling around the gym jumping over red plates, stepping on blue plates, hopping over yellow plates (these directions were given one at a time & I kept adding colors & things to do at each plate so the children would have to remember a sequence of things to do), putting the plate on different body parts to see if children could keep the plate from falling off (head, back, elbow, etc.).
A fun activity was to hold the paper plate like a waiter holds a
tray full of dishes & see if you can walk or run around the gym without
letting the plate fall. When this was mastered, we would try to run around
keeping the plate on your chest, with no hands holding it.
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