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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Clothespin Steal
Suggested Grade Level:
3rd and Up
Materials Needed:
Cones for general space boundaries; 3 clothespins for each student
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

Have ALL of the students pick up three clothespins as they enter the gym or playing area. After they have found a good self space in a coned off area ask them to attach the clothespins to the back or on the sides of their shirts (nearby classmates can help if they can't do it by themselves).

After they have secured the clothespins explain the object of the activity is to collect as many clothespins from your classmates as possible in a specified time limit (i.e., length of a short song). You are only allowed to take one pin at a time however. When you get a clothespin you put it on your shirt.

If someone loses all of their clothespins they continue to play because they are trying to retrieve pins from others.

Teaching Suggestions:

Kids have a tendency to hold the clothespins they steal in their hands. Please remind them to put them on their shirt before they continue to try to steal others pins.

Give them feedback about the dodging skills they use.
Eloise Elliott who teaches at Concord College in Athens , WV . Posted on PEC: 3/11/2001.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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