Crazy Eights
Primary Market
Education, Secondary Ed
Character Focus
Perseverance
Items Needed
1 or more Toobeez sets
The Activity Time
45 minutes

Objectives

  • Improve flexibility
  • Improve reaction time
  • Coordinate body movements
  • Manipulate an object to develop coordination and flexibility
  • Improve fine-motor skills
  • Discuss and reflect on the experience
Character Focus
Perseverance
The Challenge

Students will be able to demonstrate horizontal wand twirling.

Preparation
Time: 5 minutes

Materials

  • 1 or more Toobeez sets

Setup

  • Attach spheres to both ends of all the 24” tubes.
Activity Plan

Time: 45 minutes

Space: Medium

Instruction: Whole class

Helpful Hints

  • Be sure to review these tips prior to beginning the activity, and if necessary, share reminders with the group during the activity.
  • Start by holding the end of the 24” Toobeez tube
  • Begin with a crazy-eight pattern
  • Have students keep their arms in front of their body and use only their wrists to manipulate the wand

Here are available Training Options!

Activity Instructions

1. Circle up the group.

2. Read the Activity Challenge Box to the group.
Challenge: Students will be able to demonstrate horizontal wand twirling

3. The teacher should demonstrate this activity first. Holding the end of the tube, straighten the arm and extend tube in front of you. Keeping your arm straight, “write” a figure eight in the air in a horizontal fashion, moving the tube in a clockwise direction.

4. If you are using more than one set of Toobeez, there should be enough for a class of 16. If you are using one set of Toobeez, students should take turns with the eight 24” tubes to demonstrate the horizontal wand twirling.

5. As students perfect the task, have them adjust the activity. Students can practice making larger and then smaller patterns. Students can also change their direction and move in a counter-clockwise motion.

Crazy Eights

6. Once students have practiced this task, students should grasp the tube at its center with their fingers so they can twirl the tube to develop coordination and fine-motor skills.

7. Finally, students can try to twirl the tube in several ways. They can twirl to their side or they can change hands.

8. After the activity, move to the “Activity Discussion and Processing” section of the activity.

Assessment

  • Teacher’s observation of student participation
  • Students are able to demonstrate a crazy eight pattern with their dominant hand

Activity Discussion and Processing

To close the lesson, end with a group discussion about what was learned during the activity. Circle up the group, and work through the following questions. If possible, record the group’s responses on flip chart paper so all comments are displayed
  • Did going from a larger to a smaller pattern help?
  • Did you find using your non-dominant hand challenging?
  • Do you think using the largest tubes (the 36” tubes) would be easier or harder? Why?
  • What other variations could you add to this activity?

Activity Variations

1. To increase the difficulty.
Have the students attempt to twirl the tube behind their backs.

2. Decrease the difficulty.
The teacher can model the high and low patterns to help students better understand the activity.

laser-maze43. Changing hands.
To make this activity harder, have the students change hands as they work through the twirling motion with the tubes

4. Adjusting the difficulty.
Change the size of the tubes to make this activity harder or easier. Larger tubes will be harder to handle, while smaller tubes will be easier.

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