AfL playbook: 5 – 8 year olds

  • Day 1:

    Hopscotch

    Skill: Hop

    20 minutes

    This activity develops dynamic balance, coordination, and rhythm required for activities at older ages such as running, skipping, hopping, and dancing.

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  • Day 2:

    Underhand Catch

    Skill: Catch

    15 minutes

    This activity develops hand-eye coordination, fine motor control, and the ability to track moving objects in the air. These skills transfer to sports and activities that involve flying objects (e.g., balls, shuttlecocks, frisbees, ribbons, sticks, batons).

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  • Day 3:

    Toddler Ball Rolling

    Skill: Catch

    10 minutes

    This activity develops hand-eye coordination, gross motor control, and the ability to track moving objects. These skills transfer to sports and activities that involve moving objects (e.g., balls, pucks, shuttlecocks, frisbees, ribbons, sticks, batons).

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    Bowling Milk Cartons

    Skill: Throw

    30 minutes

    This activity develops coordination of arms and torso, fine motor control, and the ability to “read” distances. These skills transfer to sports and activities that involve throwing an object accurately over a perceived distance (e.g., balls, frisbees, ribbons, sticks, batons).

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  • Day 4:

    Balloon Tennis

    Skill: Strike

    30 minutes

    This activity develops hand-eye coordination and timing while using a simple racquet (i.e., striking tool). These skills also transfer to striking with a bat or stick.

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  • Day 5:

    Bounce and Catch

    Skill: Catch

    15 minutes

    This activity develops hand-eye coordination, as well as fine motor control of the hands and fingers.

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  • Day 6:

    Standing Broad Jump

    Skill: Jump

    10 minutes

    This activity develops dynamic balance, coordination, and strength required for any and all sports and activities that involve jumping (e.g., basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, track and field, gymnastics, diving).

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  • Day 7:

    Target Throwing

    Skill: Throw

    30 minutes

    This activity develops coordination of arms and torso, fine motor control, and the ability to “read” distances. These skills transfer to sports and activities that involve throwing an object accurately over a perceived distance (e.g., balls, frisbees, javelins, darts, ribbons, sticks, batons).

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  • Day 8:

    Float the pond

    Skill: Balance

    10 minutes

    This activity develops coordination and balance as kids have to constantly bend and balance on one foot.

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  • Day 9:

    Basketball Dribble

    Skill: Dribble

    15 minutes

    This activity develops hand-eye coordination, balance, and rhythmical movement.

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  • Day 10:

    Jump Rope

    Skill: Jump

    15 minutes

    This activity develops dynamic balance, coordination, and rhythm required for sports and activities such as volleyball, tennis, badminton, and dance.

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  • Day 11:

    Kick Side Foot

    Skill: Kick

    15 minutes

    This activity develops leg coordination, strength and fine motor control in the lower body. These skills transfer to sports and activities that involve kicking an object (e.g., soccer, football, martial arts).

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  • Day 12:

    Ball Hockey for Children

    Skill: Strike

    30 minutes

    This activity develops hand-eye coordination and timing while using a hockey stick (i.e., striking tool). These skills also transfer to striking with a bat or racquet.

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