10 CHAPTER 1
Bounce and Balance
Create a bouncing experience for children by setting up a variety of bouncing
equipment. As children bounce, help them measure how high they are bounc-
ing. Encourage them to express how they feel while they are bouncing and
after they stop bouncing.
various types of bouncing equipment (such as inner tubes, playground equip-
ment with springs, an air mattress, a large bouncing ball with a handle, or a
minitrampoline) ! Safety Note: Do not use large trampolines. Limit participation so you can
closely supervise all bouncing activities. Allow only one child on the equip-
ment at a time. Ask extra adults to supervise and spot children. Reinforce
proper safety by using appropriate safety equipment. Check recall notices
prior to use of trampolines.
Show children objects, and have
them guess which ones will bounce.
Let them try to balance the objects
on their feet, stomachs, hands, and
heads while lying down and standing
up. When objects fall off, help chil-
dren measure how high they bounce.
Introduce the word collision, and
explain that a collision occurs when
something bounces. As follow-up,
look for and discuss other collisions.
LMPS Encourage children to raise one leg
and balance on the other. Then ask
them to return the lifted leg to the
ground and raise the opposite leg,
balancing on the other side. Repeat
the activity, but ask children to hop
up and down on the balancing leg
while the other is raised.
LPE Use any combination of the follow-
ing materials to create an obstacle
course inside or outside: a flat rope
to create a curved path; long, nar-
row boards to create a straight path;
large, sturdy building blocks and/
or clean tires end to end to form
a long, low, raised surface. Have
children take turns crawling, walk-
ing, and hopping across the surface
without falling off.