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Thursday’s PE Drill Thrill: Fast-moving feet

September 29th, 2011

Moving right along from our last PE Drill Thrill blog, this week’s drills are going to focus on individual activities that concentrate on a single, basic movement. Don’t get us wrong, the movements may be basic, but they’re definitely not short on fun, exciting and challenging!

Drill Thrill #1: Scissors

  1. Give each student a SandBell.
  2. Instruct students to start in a forward straddle position, with one foot in front and one foot in back.
  3. Students begin by placing one foot on top of the SandBell, and when a whistle is blown they jump and scissor their feet back and forth to alternate landing each foot on top of the SandBell.
  4. Challenge to see how many “scissors” students can do in 30 or 60 seconds.

*Variation: If there are not enough SandBells for each student to have their own, arrange students in groups and they can take turns executing the exercise and then compare their numbers with one another.

Drill Thrill #2: Straddle On

  1. Give each student a SandBell.
  2. Instruct students to start in a straddle position, placing the SandBell on the floor between their feet.
  3. Begin exercise by squatting and jumping to land with both feet on the SandBell and then jumping back out to the straddle position.
  4. Challenge to see how many “straddle ons” students can do in 30 and 60 seconds.

Drill Thrill #3: Slalom

  1. Give each student a SandBell.
  2. Instruct students to stand with both feet on the SandBell, then jump to one side of the SandBell and then immediately back on top of it.
  3. Jump to the opposite side of the SandBell and then back on top again.
  4. Repeat alternating side and center jumps for 30 seconds.

These short, quick drills are great exercises to add to relays, circuits or game challenges. You can also combine today’s drills to make a feet-focused challenge circuit that’s sure to get everyone’s heart pumping and faces laughing. So, go on out and give these drills a try!

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