fitCLUB

Fitness Challenge

Challenge kids to move their bodies and have fun doing it. They'll learn fitness ideas and how both exercise and play are part of a healthy lifestyle.

Kids and leader sitting in a circle
Kids writing their ideas on paper
Kids playing in gym.
Group of kids doing movement activities on a field outside
Group of kids playing a game outside
Girls relaxing on yoga mats outside

Activity Purpose

Introduce kids to the role move plays in fit and the importance of moving their body. They will move and have fun while they learn fitness ideas and how both exercise and play are part of a healthy lifestyle.

Objectives

  • Recognize "move" as physical activity.
  • Identify ways to move throughout the day (e.g., stand, hop, skip, jump, play a game, exercise, play outside, take a walk, dance, etc.).
  • Recognize that it's important to move throughout the day because moving boosts your body and your brain.

Preparation

  • Talk Time: Kids sit and stretch or stand and march in place. Be sure they are a safe distance (arm’s length) apart.
  • Activity: Kids stand in a circle. Give each kid a Move Activity Card.
  • Wrap Up: Kids sit a safe distance apart for group discussion.

Talk Time

Introduction

Q: Which is faster, a race car or your brain? 
A: Your brain! Your brain sends information at 250 mph. 

Here's some important information about moving:

  • Moving can be any physical activity.
  • Moving strengthens your body and brain. 
  • When you are active your bones and muscles get stronger.
  • When you are active your heart pumps more blood and oxygen to your brain, which helps you concentrate and remember things.
  • When you make moving fun, it's easy to do! 

This activity will help you discover fun ways to move!

Do The Activity

Activity Instructions
  1. Kids stand in a circle and march in place while one person selects a Move Activity Card and reads it to the group.
  2. Demonstrate the movement. 
  3. Kids do the movement for the indicated amount of time or repetitions. 
  4. Once finished with the movement, kids resume stretching or marching in place.
  5. Pick another person to draw a new Move Activity Card
  6. Continue this until the allotted time is up.
    Note: Not all kids will get a chance to draw a card.

Wrap Up

Reflections

Q: How do you feel right now? 
A: (Pause and allow time for kids think about how they feel at the moment.) That's great! Your movements helped move blood and oxygen throughout your body and brain! It's important to move throughout the day because moving strengthens your body and brain.

Q: What are some ways you can move when you are not at fitClub?
A: Answers vary. Encourage kids to talk about how they can move and be active at school and at home.

 
Challenge

What are some ways you will move when you get home today?

Time: 10 Minutes

What You'll Need

Resources

Materials
  • Music
  • Timer

Helpful Tips
  • If your group's energy is high, consider taking out the “You Choose” cards found in the Move Activity Cards
  • Invite individuals to demonstrate the movements on the Move Activity Cards before the group does the movement.


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