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Balance Shuffle

Task Description:

This is for two children. One child stands on one end of the board and the other on the opposite end end of an eight foot long 2" x 4" board placed on the ground (the 4" side goes on the ground or floor). The board is marked with lines twelve inches from each end. Children start and finish behind the lines at opposite ends. When they switch they travel to the mark on the opposite end of the board before starting back to their original positions. Each child travels to the opposite end of the board and then back without falling off or touching any body part to the ground.

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Challenge Diagram:

1 and 2 represent the youngsters and their positions on the 2" x 4" board.

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Travel to middle

Switch positions

Travel to end

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Helpful References for this Challenge:

Gabbard, C., LeBlanc, B., & Lowy, S. (1994). Physical education for children: Building the foundation (2nd ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. (Chapter 13: Movement Awareness, pp. 233-258; Balance Enhancement Chart p. 239).

Gallahue, D. (1996). Developmental physical education for today's children (3rd ed.). Dubuque, IA: Brown & Benchmark. (Chapter 16: Fundamental Stability Skill Themes, 258-278).

Graham, G., Holt/Hale, S. & Parker, M. (1998). Children Moving: A reflective approach to teaching physical education (4th Edition). Mayfield: Mountain View, California.(Chapter 23: Balancing, pp. 367-394 and Chapter 25: Skill Themes in Gymnastics, pp. 437-450).

Holt/Hale, S. (1993). On the move: Lesson plans to accompany children moving. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield. (Balance, pp. 34-47).

Hopple, C. (1995). Teaching for outcomes in elementary physical education. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. (Chapter 6: Non-Locomotor Skills, pp. 108-113).

Pangrazi, R., & Dauer, V. (1992). Dynamic physical education for elementary school children (10th ed.). New York, NY: MacMillian. (Chapter 19, pp. 422-427).

Werner, P. (1994). Teaching children gymnastics: Becoming a master teacher. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. (Chapter 7: Learning Experiences for Statics, pp. 75-100).

Information about constructing your own balance equipment can be found in:

Gallahue, D. (1975). Developmental play equipment: For home and school. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons. (Chapter 2, pp. 7-25).

Information on other team building/cooperating activities can be found in:

Ronke, C. (1989). Cowstails and Cobras II. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt. (See page 112 for specific balance activities like the T.P. Shuffle).

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