It's important to relax the hands when running. Careful not to crush that potato chip!
|Objectives||Soft Touch helps kids learn to run with their hands relaxed. This learning comes as they run with a potato chip or squishy fruit in each hand, with instructions not to crush the chip or fruit.|
National Standards for Physical Education (NASPE)
New York State Education Department (NYSED)
|Prerequisite||Do this activity after Zig Zag so kids practice having relaxed hands after having learned to use their arms while running.|
|Time Required||15 minutes|
|Materials||Potato chip (two per student, but have extras on hand to replace chips that get crushed). Pringles work well for this exercise because of their uniform shape and size. For a healthier alternative, you can use 6-8 raspberries (3-4 per hand).|
What to watch for:
Direction cues to share with students:
After you've finished Soft Touch, talk to your students about their experience with the activity. Consider asking them questions like these:
Classrooms are filled with learners who demonstrate a variety of needs and abilities, including ESL students, those with disabilities, and gifted/talented students. Consider these adaptations as you work to modify the lesson for student success.