When I opened the email version of my post from yesterday, I realized that I was not really clear aboutÂ the link I had provided for the sports activities page. It was the very first link (in green on my website, purple if you subscribe). You can also click here for it: Enchanted Learning’s Sports Activities. Sorry for any confusion!!
Sports Cutouts from Creative Teaching Press
I also wanted to share some small (1 inch) sports cutouts that I got from Creative Teaching Press. I would use these in ways similar to how I use the felt stickers I shared earlier this week. They come in a package of 150 (25 of each sport) and are perfect for stations working on patterning, graphing, sorting or counting. (Note: I do not have any affiliation with Creative Teaching Press. I just love their materials and find them so helpful in making thematic station activities.)
Use What You Already Have!
The final post for a sports themed My Obstacle Course is just a reminder to look around your childâ€™s toy box, your house or your garage for different kinds of balls you already have that can be incorporated into stations.
Important Note: If you have a child with a good throwing arm or a powerful kick, you may want to incorporate ball activities as â€œoutsideâ€ stations. That is not something we have a problem with 🙂 so I make sure to include balls in our My Obstacle Courses to build bouncing, tossing, catching, rolling, and kicking skills.
I like to combine ball skills with academic skills to provide more of a purpose for Andrew since kicking the ball back and forth with me is not a preferred activity. When he was younger, we would pass the ball while taking turns counting or saying the alphabet. We progressed onto counting by 10â€™s, 5â€™s and 2â€™s or spell out words as weâ€™d pass the ball.
I hope that those of you with children who are crazy about sports found some ways to combine their love of sports with building some different, academic skills. Next week I will focus on some back to school tips and strategies.
Engage, Encourage and Empower!