For the Kids
Exercise, playing and being active is FUN! Yes, your Xbox and computer might be fun, too, but it is very important to your health to get moving and be active! Maybe you’re on a sport team, take dance lessons, or play with your friends at the park. Whatever activities you choose, make sure to stick with them and aim for 60 minutes (one hour) or more every day! That may seem like a lot, but when you are having fun while being active, I bet you won’t even notice the time. Active games are a great way to involve friends and/or family in your physical activity plan. Here are two inclusive games that you can play with others:
The 1-2-3’s of Cup Stacking
Cup stacking has gained much popularity around the country in recent years. It can be played as an individual or a team sport and requires very little equipment. Participants of all ages try to “up stack” and “down stack” 12 plastic cups in a certain sequence at a very fast pace. Cup stacking can improve motor skills, hand/eye coordination, patterning, sequencing, and more! What a great way to challenge friends and family!
The basic steps of cup stacking:
- “Up stacking” – Begin with three cups all stacked together. Take the top cup off and set it next to the bottom cup. Take the second cup off and place it on the top to build a pyramid.
- “Down stacking”- Put one hand on the top cup and the other on the bottom left cup. Slide top cup down over the bottom right cup. Bring the cup in your other hand over the second cup. You should now be back to the three cups all stacked together.
- "The 3-3 stack”- Place two sets of three cups directly in front of you. You should work from left to right. Up stack the set on the left first, then the stack on the right. Go back to the stack on the left and down stack, then down stack the stack on the right.
- "The 3-3-3 stack”- This is the same as #2 above, but with an additional set of three cups added.
Once the skills are mastered, there are several other sequences that can be done.
Click HERE for photo instructions on Cup Stacking.
- Cup weight and size
- Number of stacks or total cups
- Add in a timing component after skill mastery
- Location of stacking can be on the floor vs. a table top
- Left vs. right hand
Sitting volleyball is a Paralympic Sport that can be adapted to meet any skill level and can be played almost anywhere. Unlike standing volleyball, there are three main differences.
- Sitting rather than standing
- Net height is touching the ground similar to a tennis net
- Court size is much smaller
Sitting volleyball uses the concept of scooting rather than running, as a portion of the body is required to maintain contact with the ground at all times (gluteal section, legs, or shoulder). This works to improve core strength, upper body strength, and hand/eye coordination.
- Use smaller or lighter ball (ex: beach ball)
- Smaller net
- Place mats on floor to ease in scooting
- Play on scooter boards to help with movement
- Play variations of a standard volleyball game: two vs. two, toss and catch, skill building