Super Supplemental: Football Movement Cube

28 Jan

photo-45It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday, so you know what that means…time to share a festive activity idea! I have a beloved set of chalkboard paint dice that I’ve used many times for movement, instrument playing and songwriting activities (My favorite: writing emotions on one cube and instruments on another). I love being able to quickly adapt or re-purpose the dice as needed during a session, and knew that I wanted to use them for a Super Bowl-themed movement activity this week. However, my cute chalkboard dice don’t work as successfully for clients who require extra visual support to complete tasks. A few google image searches later, my handy dandy football movement cube was born.

P1020598Goal Areas: Increasing flexibility in unpredictable situations, motor skills, following directions, socialization

Materials:

  • 1 Empty Tissue Box
  • 6 Movement Directions/Styles
  • 6 Printed Photos
  • Glue
  • Tape (for durability, if desired)

Making this was simple and only took about 10 minutes. Hooray for time management! You’ll first need to decide on six football-themed movements to put on the cube, such as:

  1. Cheer
  2. Touchdown Signal (Both arms up in the air)
  3. Touchdown Dance
  4. Victory Pose
  5. High Five Teammate
  6. Jump

Find some pictures that correspond with each movement you select, print them out and glue them to the cube. I prefer to use real pictures whenever possible, and found some snazzy shots of NFL players to make my cube extra cool. I also put clear mailing tape over each picture.

P1020599I pair this activity with some stadium jams like “Get Ready for This” (2Unlimited), “Let’s Get It Started” (Black Eyed Peas) and “The Power” (Snap!).

Each student has a turn to come up to the front of the class, roll the cube and perform the movement they roll. I also like to distribute pom-poms and signs to students sitting in their seats so that they can cheer on their peers. The superstar student rolling the movement cube gets to hold a football (if you have one).

TRY THIS AT HOME: Keep the kids engaged during your Super Bowl party this weekend. Each time a team scores, roll the dice and take turns getting some energy out! You can even work together to decide what movements will go on your cube before the big game.

What’s your favorite football activity to use this time of year?

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