An exciting fitness idea for grades 3-12.
Submitted by Angie Cyr, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Aerobic Poker is another fun fitness activity that uses playing cards to motivate the students to pursue fitness!
- 14 cards from a deck. 13 cards plus a joker card.
- Cones, jump ropes, scooter boards, and other available equipment.
- One bucket or suitable container for each group
- One copy of the “Aerobic Poker Card Chart” for each group
Description: We divide the class into five groups. Each group receives 14 cards and a bucket.
The first person in the group shuffles and deals the cards face down to every person in the group. After each person has his or her card, they turn it over to see which card they have.
The students check to see what activity corresponds to their card. Each student performs the activity and then meets with their group at the bucket.
All of the cards are placed in the bucket and the group continues by having the second person shuffle and deal the cards for another round.
Other Skills: You can also explore using the cards with basketball, soccer, jump rope, or other appropriate skills. For example, a series of basketball skills can be developed on the Card Chart. Students could work on dribbling, shooting, partner passing, and other related skills.
Aerobic Poker Card Chart
ACE – Jog 2 laps around the cones
KING – 10 line push-ups
QUEEN – 15 single bounces with a jump rope
JACK – 15 crunches on the mats
TEN – 10 basic steps on a step-aerobic bench
NINE – Skip 2 laps around the cones
EIGHT – 10 crab push ups
SEVEN – Use the scooter board to complete one lap around the cones
SIX – 20 travel steps on the step-aerobic bench
FIVE – Line jumping 20 times (side to side or front-back)
FOUR – 20 double bounces with a jump rope
THREE – Climb the rope and ring the bell
TWO – Crab walk one lap around cones
JOKER – Free choice