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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Tape Toes & Rubberband Hands
It helps (but is not necessary) for the children to know their dominant hand.
Purpose of Activity:
To teach students the proper form (opposition) for throwing.
Suggested Grade Level:
PRE-K - 2
Materials Needed:
rubberbands (Colored ones would be fun!); masking tape; yarn (or other) balls; targets (optional)
Lesson Plan:
Description of Idea

After warming up, I sit with my students and talk about what opposite means. We compare day to night, hot to cold, left to right, and sides of our bodies.

I ask my students, "If your teacher gave you a crayon and asked you to draw a dog, what hand would you use?"

I ask the students to raise this hand and I put a rubberband loosely around their wrist. This becomes our "rubberband hand."

After determining our rubberband hand, I ask the student to step forward on their opposite foot. I place a piece of masking tape on their toe, and this becomes our "tape toe."

We move over to a line at one end of the space and I hand out imaginary items (Rotten eggs, sloppy slimy tomatoes and big juicy watermelons work great.). I place an item in each player's rubberband hand while instructing them on the correct hand placement. Then I ask them to step forward on their tape toe and throw their rotten egg all the way across the gym at the opposite wall. After a few prompts and attempts to throw various rotten fruits and vegetables, we are good enough for yarn balls.

With the cues "step on your tape toe" and "throw with your rubberband hand," the students are quickly using correct form.

The activity continues with throwing the balls at targets on the floor and walls.

Assessment Ideas:

A visual assessment: I can quickly tell who is in need of assistance and correct them right away.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

The tape and rubberbands really help all the students, especially the ones with disabilites. Physically wearing the tape and rubberbands helps cue the students.
Mary Feldt who teaches at Waupaca Learning Center in Waupaca, WI. Posted on PEC: 11/2/2003.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (
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