- www.parents.com for how to make obstacle courses and other backyard games. They even feature a football obsicle course, that gave me the idea for the activity.
- www.bathactivitiesforkids.com have some really fun games for noodle play in the bath.
- Four chopsticks
- Two pool noodles
- One football
|Chopsticks placed into the ground|
|Place a pool noodle onto the chopsticks|
|The finished product|
- Communication, language and listening- listening to instructions, developing language by learning new words, such as dribbling, passing and scoring.
- Mathematical- counting goals scored. Developing Spacial awareness and directional language , such as pass it to the left/right.
- Knowledge and understanding- playing in the outdoor environment. As it is World Cup season, you could also talk about the different countries that are participating
- Personal, social and emotional- Fun and enjoyment. Taking turns and cooperating. Being involved in the same theme as someone else. Pride in learning a new skill or scoring a goal.
- Expressive arts and design- creating the arch with pool noodles. You could also experiment with making other shaped/sculptures with the pool noodles and chopsticks (depending on the child's age and stage of development)
- Physical- developing leg muscles. Passing the ball and aiming it into the goal. Running and stopping the ball with their feet.
- For older children add two yellow pieces of card, one red piece of card and a whistle. This will develop awareness of the rules of football and role play
- Try some of the another activities using pool noodles, as mentioned above.
- Invite friends over for a football match.
- As it is World Cup season, encorpate art and design, knowledge and understanding and literacy skills by making your own posters or flags of the world.