I Can Walk Like That

By Activity Bank on Dec 17, 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.

Improved motor development means more successful use of playground and exercise equipment, and more participation in recreational sports and exercise activities. This activity works on weight shifting and motor dexterity through kneeling, walking, crawling, standing, jumping and hopping. Lessons include Orientation and Mobility, and Social Skills.

Materials

None

Procedure

  • Ask the student to walk across a room in a variety of ways (forward, backward, sideways, on toes, on heels).
  • Ask the student to vary speed during the activity (e.g. “This time walk as slowly as possible or walk sideways as quickly as possible.”).
  • Provide assistance as necessary.

Variations

  • Use various types of music to encourage fast or slow movement.
  • Vary the activity by using crawling or kneeling.
  • Ask the student to move and stop on command.
  • Use a sound source at the end of the room for totally blind students.
  • Ask the student to move across the room like different animals:
    • Waddle like a duck
    • Jump like a kangaroo
    • Hop like a bunny
    • Crawl like a crab

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

 

 

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