Learn through play
This activity was created with our friends at Boing Kids. Boing is all about giving children the tools they need to explore the world around them and solve problems in a fun way. They support people to create playful, active, and inclusive spaces that develop children’s physical literacy. Physical literacy means understanding how you interact with the world around you – it involves concepts like reacting to objects, moving creatively, and interacting with other people.
Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include:
- Set up a handwashing station that you can use throughout the session. Everyone should wash their hands before and after they use equipment.
- Remind everyone to stay socially distanced when moving around in the game.
- Everyone should spread out in the space and make sure they can see the person leading the game.
- The person leading the game should shout out an animal and stretch their body to create a shape like that animal.
- Everyone has ten seconds to copy that shape and make it as big as they can.
- Everyone should keep playing with as many animals as possible.
Take the time to think about what you did and why – you’ll be amazed at what you learn. Try out a quick, active reflection from our reflective toolkit to lock in the great things you tried and learned in this activity.
- Active games
The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.