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Name of Activity:

Balloon Math Practice

Purpose of Activity:

To allow practice time for locomotor skills and striking with a short handled implement while integrating math skills.

Activity cues:

Flat paddle, Racquet way back, Big Swing


Striking a balloon with short paddle; variety of locomotor skills (walk, hop, gallop, slide, etc)

Suggested Grade Level:

K - 2

Materials Needed:

1 lollipop paddle per student, about 5 balloons per student (20 students=100 balloons) with a simple addition and subtraction problem written on each balloon, cones to block the balloons from moving freely. Maybe a container to hold balloons.

Description of Idea

To begin separate balloons into 4 stations and scatter on the floor. On 'go' students walk to any station. Each student picks up a balloon. They read the math problem to a partner and answer it by striking the balloon.

Example: 1 + 2 = 3 strike the balloon 3 times.

After they answer the question they return the balloon to the same station and gallop, slide, hop to a different station and pick up a new balloon. Repeat.


Add more stations so you could have 5 balloons in each hula hoop and 20 stations.

Use a container to hold the balloons.

Assessment Ideas:

For a closure, ask random math problems that were printed on the balloons. Have students identify the cues for striking.

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Submitted by Leah Hazzard in Sacramento, CA. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 3/26/2009.

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