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After-School Activities


Bent Out of Shape
Changing body positions will change the way kids reach the finish line.
Changing body positions will change the way kids reach the finish line.
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Kids love racing games and the Bent Out of Shape after-school activity is one race they won't soon forget. By twisting their bodies into funny positions, kids will find a whole new way to run for the finish line.

What You'll Need:

  • Two pieces of rope
  • Partner

Lay the pieces of rope on the ground about 15-20 steps apart. Instruct the children to stand side by side behind one of the pieces of rope.

Each kid should spread his feet apart, bend at the waist until he can touch the ground, and then grab his ankles. Kids must then stay in this position, keeping their knees locked, and walk as fast as they can to the finish line. The one to get there first wins. If a child loses her grip or falls over, she has to return to the starting line and begin again.

Suggest that kids try other funny body positions after this one and ask them how changing the ways their bodies move changes the way they arrive at the finish line.

There are other ways kids can alter their movement in a race. Pick the rope up off the ground and click on the next page for instructions.

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