High Stepping

By Activity Bank on Sep 04, 2013

This activity has been revised and was originally created by Kathy Heydt and Monica Allon and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, 1992).  The second edition is available for purchase.

Working on better balance and a steady gait gives students greater opportunities for participating in recreational sports and exercise activities. This activity focuses on weight shifting, hopping and balancing on one foot. Lessons include Adapted Physical Education.


Towel (large enough for student to hold in both hands and step over in the middle)


  • Give the student a towel to hold, spread apart in both hands.
  • Ask the student to march across the room by stepping over the towel she is holding, one foot at a time.
  • Provide assistance as needed.


  • Vary the materials by using a rolled-up magazine or cardboard tube. Begin with long items and gradually decrease the length to make the activity more difficult.
  • If this activity is too difficult, the teacher can hold a broomstick for the student to step over.
  • Have the student march in place.
  • Have the student march in a circle or in a parade.
  • Have the student march to a musical beat.

Hints: Guard the student against falling or bumping into obstacles. Consider performing the activities on a safe surface, such as an exercise mat.



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