I was recently inspired by my kids. During their week off from school for winter break, much of their time was spent at home, inside due to rainy weather. With this, out came the board games. Monopoly, Life, Clue, and Qwirkle were just a few games enjoyed throughout the week. My kids are 14, 15, and 17 years old. I was impressed that they still enjoyed playing board games as much as they did when they were 8, 9, and 11. Board games are accessible and user-friendly, plus, most of them list the ideal playing age from 4-89. Therefore, I knew what I needed to do. I would tap into the excitement and develop my own.
So I created The COLOR DASH, a game combining fitness, a little math, and lots of fun. Although I encourage kids to play The COLOR DASH with family and friends, it can also be played alone.
Objective: Players DASH around the board collecting as many points as possible by completing exercises.
Equipment: You will need The COLOR DASH game board, 1 dice, 1 game piece per player (create your own), 1 water bottle per player, and a pad and pencil to keep score.
Game Play: To begin, each player rolls the die. The player with the higher number goes first. Place game pieces on the square marked “START/FINISH.” Roll the die to establish how many spaces to move in a clockwise direction. Complete the action assigned to the square in order to earn its point value. Use the key located in the center of the board to determine the square’s action and point value. Players alternate turns. Play continues until both players land directly on or pass by the square marked “START/FINISH.” The player with the most accumulated points wins the game. This is not necessarily the player who finishes first. Of course, players are encouraged to congratulate each other on working hard and having fun completing the COLOR DASH!
It can also be used in classrooms as a brain break and in physical education classes as an instant activity. Simply laminate the game board and it will last forever.
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The Rope Jump Plankapalooza challenge is all about jumping and building core strength. This daily exercise routine consists of two parts. This challenge can be completed as a monthly challenge or any time!
Part One – JUMPING
Part Two – PLANKING
I give my students an opportunity to turn in their challenges at the end of the month. I post their logs on a bulletin board and give them a completion certificate.
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Whether you’re a child or an adult, a fundamentally sound push-up can be difficult. After all, many of us simply haven’t developed the necessary muscle strength to successfully push our body weight from a down position up into a high plank. We need to realize that this is absolutely fine. We can’t run before we learn to walk. There are several simple exercises that I refer to as the evolution of the push-up, that can assist us in developing the necessary strength, allowing us to eventually perform a perfect traditional push-up.
The Build a Better Push-up 30-Day Challenge allows you to take ownership of your workout. You can select a level that fits your ability. Remember! A good fit doesn’t mean an easy fit. A good fit means while focusing on proper form, you are challenged to accomplish each repetition. You want the final few repetitions of each set to be a grind. This is where you develop the strength for your push-up to evolve.
To conclude, the BUILD A BETTER PUSH-UP CHALLENGE serves as a tool for us to develop the necessary strength to complete one, or even several push-ups with precise form.
Certificate of Completion included.
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