K1 Activity 3 – Get A Leg Up

Introduction

Cooperative games create a safe container for students to explore challenges with their bodies and minds. How about trying a cooperative partner game where students use their feet and legs in new ways? This will “level the playing field” as they are both learning a new skill—together!

This activity is best done in an open, uncluttered area or outdoors.


Description

Students discuss cooperation and how it supports learning, then play a cooperative game to explore the benefits of cooperation when completing a task.


Principle Overview

Students are learning skills every day at an amazingly rapid pace, moving through the many emotional stages of learning. Sadly, in our society people can be shamed for simply going through the steps of learning something new. In the day-to-day realities of childhood, sometimes students’ relative strengths and weaknesses can be used against them. Reminding ourselves and students to live with the principle that WE ALL ARE LEARNING can free us from a rigid sense of “right” and “wrong” and give a flexible quality to our interactions with others.

Materials:

Goals and Objectives:

  • Build cooperative problem-solving skills as students work together
  • Build self-acceptance and perseverance as students work together
  • Use a large area inside or out for this activity.
  • Preview Funky As A Diaper song.
  • Prepare a large space for ease of student movement.
  • Gather items for the game and explain safety rules.
Working with a partner can prove to be challenging. Using kind words with others while working cooperatively and doing your best to work through difficulties is an important learning skill. It promotes a safe and supportive learning environment, where mistakes and challenges can be viewed as part of the learning process and difficulties can be worked through. Brain Bloomers can help students find build perseverance while finding solutions to problems, even when challenging.

  • This partner activity not only encourages collaboration, but kind, encouraging communication skills to achieve a common goal.
  • Review some Brain Bloomers students can use together to successfully complete this challenge. Examples might include, “We can do it”, “Let’s try again”, or “How about we try…?”.
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Activity Steps

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    Take a few minutes to discuss the word “cooperate.” Ask:

    What does it mean to cooperate?
    What do you do when you cooperate with someone?
    Why is it important to listen when you are cooperating?

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    3-Legged Race: Explain that in this game, the objective is to learn how to achieve a simple goal working together to get from one point to another using only the power of two of their legs!

    Have students tie the outside of their ankles together with something soft and stretchy like a long sports sock or a bandage wrap.

    Explain they will work together as a team to coordinate their movements to get from one point to another.

    Allow them time to experiment before racing.

    Play the Funky As A Diaper song and race!

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    As a group, reflect on the challenges and the problem-solving skills that were needed to achieve success during this game. Ask:

    What was challenging?
    How did you figure it out?
    Was one person stronger than another?
    How did you work together?

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