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Walk the line

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A fun-filled hopping relay race for body and teamwork development.

At OMO, we believe that every stain represents an important experience - mud stains are the stamp of adventure, grass stains are the sign of exploration and fruit stains are the aftermath of discovery. Encourage your kids to get messy with our fun activities for happy, healthy, confident kids. We'll be there to sort out the dirty clothes afterwards.

Walk the Line

A fun-filled hopping relay race for body and teamwork development.

What you’ll need:

What you will need list

What to do:

Draw or find pictures of 4 or more items that can be found in different rooms in our home. For example, a kettle, a lamp, a bar of soap or toilet roll or a television. 

Find a sandy patch of ground with enough space to draw four lanes, each about 5m long and about 2m wide. At the end of each lane, either write the name of a room in the house in the sand or put a picture of that room. Put the pictures of household objects in a pile at the other end of the lanes.

Ask your child to choose one picture, decide which room it belongs in, then hop, skip or jump along the correct lane and put it into the right ‘room’. Do this for each of the pictures in turn.

Alternative Materials: 

Alternative materials list

Change it up:

Make it easy: Talk about each object and which room it belongs in then help your child find the right lane for that room. Make the length of the lanes shorter.

Make it a challenge: Have more pictures of objects and choose some objects that might be found in two or more rooms. Give your child more complicated movements to do, like walking backwards down the lane or going head-over-heels. 

Play with friends: This activity can easily be made into a race. Use a separate pile of objects for each group of children and give each team a lane. The object is to pick a picture, call out the name of the room it is from, then hop, skip or jump along the lane and drop the picture off at the other side. When they’ve dropped off the picture, the child must hop, skip or jump back to the start to ‘tag’ their next team-mate. 

Indoor play: You’ll need a passage or larger room to create a long enough lane for extensive movement, or you can do this activity in a smaller space by doing ‘on-the-spot’ movements like jumping jacks or hopping in place before putting the picture in the correct pile.

Development areas: 

  • Body control and Endurance

  • Teamwork

  • Planning

  • Self-control

Values: 

Being responsible; teamwork; respect.