Limber Letters - #168
|Limber Letters - #168|
|Section:||Go Fitness: Limber Limbs - Stretching Activities|
|Equipment:||Mats for groups of 3-4 or carpet squares for each student|
|Skill Theme(s):||Non-manipulative skills (twisting, balancing, stretching, turning, curling)|
|Movement Concept(s):||Effort (slow, light, free flow); relationships (with people: matching, in unison; of body parts: round, narrow, wide, symmetrical)|
- Students are in groups of 3-4, each group on a gymnastics mat (if available), or students are scattered each with a carpet square.
- Write individual alphabet letters on the board, post them on a wall, or hold up signs displaying the letters.
- Instruct students to stretch, curl, bend, balance twist, etc., their bodies in the shape of the letter.
- Hold the letter for 4-5 seconds and display another.
- Students can make some letters standing up, others might require students to lie on the carpet square/mat.
- Display both upper case and lower case letters.
- Remind students that stretching warm-ups require gentle, light, and sustained movements.
Now Try This:
- Alphabet Soup – The activity area is the soup bowl. Half the class makes a letter of their choice. The other half “swims” (gallops, jogs, skips) around the soup bowl identifying as many letters as possible.
- Have students spell simple words, i.e., run, cat, hop, etc.
- Group students together and have each student make one letter of a word. Challenge students to see how many different words their groups can create. Groups share their words and see if other groups can read the word.