Stretch-O-Mania
Primary Market
Education, Secondary Ed
Character Focus
Perseverance
Items Needed
1 Toobeez set
The Activity Time
10 - 15 minutes

Objectives

  • Understand the importance of flexibility and stretching
  • Lean the stretch and hold the position for 10 to 40 seconds
  • Improve flexibility
  • Increase coordination
  • Improve balance
  • Discuss and reflect on the experience
Character Focus
Perseverance
The Challenge

This activity will help students to increase their flexibility over the course of the school year.

Preparation
Time: 5 minutes

Materials

  • 1 Toobeez set

Setup

  • Provide each student with a Toobeez tube. The tube size can vary for this exercise.
Activity Plan

Time: 10 – 15 minutes

Space: Medium

Instruction: Whole class or individually

Helpful Hints

  • Be sure to review these tips prior to beginning the activity, and if necessary, share reminders with the group during the activity.
  • Ideally, stretching exercises should precede and follow exercise
  • Never bounce while stretching. Bouncing increases the risk of injury
  • Remind students that improved flexibility develops over time
  • Engage students in gentle warm-up exercises, such as light jogging, before starting the pre-exercise stretching routine
  • Students should stretch to the point that they feel a mild stretch, but not pain
  • Perform all flexibility exercises on both sides of the body
  • Avoid competition during stretching exercises
  • If the Toobeez break away at the ends of the tube, they can be gently snapped back together

Activity Instructions

1. Circle up the group. Review the difference between the “bounce” and the hold stretch. If necessary, model this difference for the group.

2. Read the Activity Challenge Box to the group.

Challenge: This activity will help students to increase their flexibility over the course of the school year.
Stretch-O-Mania3. Distribute the tubes to the students.

4. The teacher should now use the Toobeez to demonstrate the proper stretch for touching toes with the students.

5. By holding the tube by both ends, stretch to the left and to the right.

6. Have students repeat this stretch at least two to three times.

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

Assessment

  • Teacher’s observation of student participation
  • Student discussion of the importance of proper stretching before and after exercise

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
  • How did your body feel before and after the stretching exercise?
  • What was challenging about this activity?
  • What did you have to do to become successful at this activity?

Activity Variations

1. Adjusting the activity.
Have the students exchange tubes for another size to change the stretch during the activity.

Stretch-O-Mania12. Changing the activity.
Add a stretch and spin of the shoulders to this activity. Have the students stand with their feet shoulder-width apart. While holding the ends of their tube, have the students reach above their heads with their arms fully extended. Repeat this stretch several times.

3. Increasing the difficulty.
Conduct the stretch in Variation #2, but add a slight flex in the knees. After reaching above their heads, have students then bend at the waist to reach toward their toes. Students should feel the stretch in their hamstring muscles. Repeat this stretch several times

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