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Name of Activity:

Toy Story Statues

Purpose of Activity:

To help students practice the skill of freezing and holding a still balance in different shapes.

Suggested Grade Level:


Materials Needed:

None; may wish to use a drum for signal. Music optional.

Description of Idea

Ask students if they know about the movie "Toy Story". What toys belonged to Andy, the little boy? Buzz Lightyear the astronaut, Woody the cowboy, Ham the pig, Mr. Potato Head, (and others). Remind them that the toys could move and talk except when a real person can see them. Because of this, explain that they will be moving around like the toy which is called out, but when the teacher calls out "Andy's coming!", everyone has to freeze in a shape that looks like the toy might make. But before they can do this, they'll need to practice making the shapes like the toys. Have students spread out in the personal space, and then guide them through the following:

Make a statue like Buzz might make. How are his arms and legs? Yes, straight. Make a Buzz shape with your body all the way on the floor...partly on the floor...up in the air. How would Woody look? Yes,curvy and loose. How would Woody look all the way on the floor? Partly on the floor? What about Ham? Yes, he would make an angular shape, using all his body parts on the floor. What about Mr. Potato Head? Yes, a wide shape. How would Mr. Potato Head look if he was all the way on the floor? Standing up?

Once everyone has had practice making the shapes, call out a toy. Challenge students to move around like the toy might move; then call out "Andy's coming!". Students should freeze in a shape the toy might make. Challenge them not to move! "He's gone!"--students can begin to move again! Call out another toy to move; again, periodically call out "Andy's coming".

You may wish to pinpoint the shapes which different students make, so that they can see what others look like. Be sure that students are not just imitating the toy (making noises, moving the exact same way all the time, etc.), but that they are moving using the shape the toy would make.

You can also put on music; have students move around using any movement. When you call out a toy's name, they must freeze in a shape that toy might make. Make sure they hold the freeze until you call "all clear!".

Assessment Ideas:

Observe stillness and balance in students. Are they falling over? Are they holding the balance for at least "3 Woody's"? If they are not showing these correctly, pinpoint a few students to show what correct form looks like.

Submitted by Daria  Winker in St. Louis , MO . Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 8/17/2000.
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Kyle A.

Toy Story Statues is a great game for students to understand how to balance themselves. It would take detailed description and demonstration for the students to understand the concept because they may not have ever seen the movie before. But with description and demonstration, it would be easy for the students to grasp the idea. This would be a fun activity in a PE class.


como la estatua en toy story

Claudia de Pérez Burgos (Mendoza, Argentina)

As a teacher of English in Argentina, I really like this lesson plan to ¨teach English by doing¨. I´ll try it next week with my 7 year old kids to review shapes, actions ,vocabulary in general.

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