In this activity, your students will learn more about basic weight management concepts.
Provide each student with a beanbag and bowling pin. The students are spread out in the playing area with the bowling pins placed at their feet.
HOW TO PLAY
In this activity, the bowling pins represent “excess calories” that will need to be burned by the body. If not burned, these excess calories are stored as fat cells.
On your command, the students will begin sliding the beanbags, attempting to knock down the pins of other students. If a student’s bowling pin is knocked over (or the student accidentally knocks it down), he picks up the pin (Calories) and the beanbag and jogs one lap around the gym to burn off the excess calories.
When he has completed the lap, he returns to his original position and continues to play by placing the pin on the ground and sliding his beanbag toward another player’s pin.
Think Fast on Your Feet! Our students really love this game because it has several challenging aspects:
- For example, the students need to both guard the pin and try to knock down pins at the same time.
- The students also have to find ways to get a new beanbag and quickly move back into position to guard their own pin before it gets knocked down!
WOW (WORDS OF WISDOM)
You can use this activity to provide many of the important physical activity and weight management concepts such as:
- Excess calories that are not burned by the body are stored as fat.
- A pound of fat equals 3,500 calories.
- Make the healthy choice to drink water instead of soda. Water has no calories; soda has about 150 calo- ries.
- Be physically active for at least 60 minutes a day.
- Eat 5-9 portions of fruit or vegetables each day.