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Name of Activity:

The Toy Titan

Purpose of Activity:

To enhance the locomotor skills of walking, running, hopping, jumping, galloping, and sliding.


Demonstrates the correct form for walking, running, galloping, and sliding. The ability to find their heart rate using the carotid artery.

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

4 cones for the lap markers; 1 trash wheel barrel; 3 to 4 baskets full of various balls, rubber pigs/frogs/chickens, bowling pins, bean bags, tennis balls, etc.

Description of Idea

The activity will utilize the outside of the basketball court with cones marking the turn corners. An empty wheeled (easier) trash barrel, surrounded by heavy duty cones, is put on the end of the gym that's closest to the start. Baskets full of �toys� are spread out about 12 feet away from the empty trash barrel (spread each about 5 to 6 feet apart so there isn�t a bottleneck created when kids first come in.

The Toy Titan

"You remember that we have been learning that by making our hearts beat faster when we are exercising, it will make our hearts stronger. That is a GREAT thing! Because I know all of you want to help your hearts get stronger, I have an adventure that will get your heart going and will help children in the Land of Rainbow Mountains as well."

"In the city of Polkadot Cheese and the Land of Rainbow Mountains, the evil Toy Titan has stolen all of the toys from the children living there. They are very sad and need your help!
Your mission? To secretly sneak fun toys in to the city of Polkadot Cheese! You will see our �secret� toy dropping spot (empty wheel barrel) and the starting place, where all the toys are waiting to be carried by you."

"Your challenge? You have to be careful of the Toy Titan who flies from his sinister cave every now and then; you'll never know when he is coming! He has a special radar in his horrible hideout that will go off if he sees you. If you perform the locomotor skills of walking, running, galloping, and sliding correctly, he will never see you dropping off toys on his radar. So, it is very important that you perform your locomotor skills exactly how you were taught!"

You will begin with a toy already in your hand. You will walk around the cones one time and drop your toy into the �secret� spot (empty trash barrel). After grabbing another toy (only one toy at a time), you run around the cones one time and drop your toy into the �secret� spot. The third time around, you gallop around the cones. The fourth time, you slide around the cones.

So, let�s get your toy in your hand and get ready to start! I will remind you how to perform walking, running, galloping, and sliding correctly if you are performing it incorrectly; we don�t want the Toy Titan to show up!

Grab a toy and let�s get ready to help children in the city of Polkadot Cheese! (At the end of the activity, have students check to see if their heart rate is going faster and making their heart stronger at the same time).

Teaching Suggestions:

You will have your regular warm ups before this activity and cool downs after. I use it during a 30 minute class period. You can change the length of time that works best for your class or age group. I've used it as a competitive motivator between classes (sections) as well and have given a free choice day to the class who retrieved the most "toys".

Classmates motivate each other to pick up their paces. They really like it! You have to be careful about what you put in the containers. Sometimes they will take too long to look for what they want to get to run with. At the end, dump all of the items out of the barrel and have the students put them into groups of ten to make it easier to count.

Submitted by Lee Clark who teaches at Elk Point-Jefferson CSD in Elk Point, SD. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 9/17/2018.
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The Toy Titan

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Previous Comments:


Good luck Garry!


I like your idea. I'll give it a try!


Kyle...there is no set sequence or type of locomotor movements that you can use. Adapt it to however you like it. I do like the idea of progressing through the movement activity types.

Keishunda...there are many things you can do with handicapped kids. Wheelchairs can be pushed around the gym by a partner and can be assisted by that partner or they could go on their own for a lap and then get picked up by another student, etc. Students on crutches can sit on a chair and the items tossed to them so that they can be "slam dunked" into the barrels. I'm not sure the exact handicaps are that you are asking about but I hope that this helps!

Kyle A.

Toy Titan is a great activity implementing sliding, walking, running, and galloping. However, there could be a change in order. The first activity should be walking, then running, then sliding, and galloping last. Galloping may not be natural for young students to learn. The students will have to adjust to keeping their hips forward and sliding their foot behind the other to move.


How can you accomodate a student of disabilty with this skill during physical education?


Another question...."What motivates the kids to keep going around the cones and where are the cones located?"
ANSWER: I put the score clock on and count it down from various times. You can be the judge as to how long you want them to go. I think 10 minutes is about right. The cones are located around the 4 corners of the basketball court. The comments listed below may help you as well.
Hope this helps.

Lee Clark

I have been asked what the toys are. They are bean bags, bowling pins, all kinds of balls, rubber chickens and pigs, scarves. Whatever you have that is able to be carried by one child will work perfectly! The variety of the equipment really motivates too as they want to get around faster to grab the really cool "toys" before someone else gets it.

Lee Clark

A few errors in the listing above! You use empty trash barrels/cans. They can be wheeled or not.
"hearts stronger; and," This should be "hearts stronger and that is a GREAT thing!" Sorry, some editing trouble by the PE Central editors. : ) The locomotor skills can be varied as listed above, but I just used the scoreboard clock and had a contest between grade sections to see who could get the most toys in the allotted time. I hope this clears it up a bit! Good luck!

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