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Physical Therapy Meets Physical Education

Updated: Dec 11, 2020



As temperatures get colder and students prepare for winter break, your Skills on the Hill Physical Therapy team is here to remind you about the importance of moving your body every day. We have included a 2-week exercise plan to get your children motivated to get their blood flowing! Bonus: Movement can be a bonding experience when the whole family gets involved. Adults will benefit too!


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Week 1

Monday

Equipment:








Focus Area: Balance

Activity: Trapping and kicking- Trap the ball by balancing one leg on top of the ball, then practice kicking the ball to a target. The target can be a partner or goal!


Wednesday

Equipment:






Focus Area: Coordination

Activity: Line walking- Tape a 4 to 8-foot line on the floor. Practice walking forward, backward, and sideways on the line, then practice jumping and/or hopping over the line.


Friday

Equipment: None!

Focus Area: Strength

Activity: Animal walks- Get creative! Jump like a bunny, hop like a frog, walk like a bear, stomp like an elephant, walk like a crab, belly crawl like a snake.



Week 2

Monday

Equipment:

Focus Area: Balance

Activity: Balance while playing game- While having fun throwing bean bags into a container (3 to 5-foot distance), have your child stand in balance positions progressing from feet together to tandem to standing on one leg. Add a pillow for standing on to make it more challenging!


Wednesday

Equipment:

Focus Area: Coordination

Activity: Throwing/catching/bowling- Throw and catch with a partner from ~5-foot distance, to make more challenging use a smaller ball or increase the distance. Practice underhand throwing by “bowling” a ball to knock down cups.



Friday

Equipment:

Focus Area: Strength

Activity: Indoor obstacle course- Use whatever you can find in the house to make an indoor obstacle course! You can incorporate stepping on/over obstacles, climbing over obstacles, and crawling under obstacles.


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