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Grade Level: K-2, 3-5

Divide the class into two groups. Designate one group to find a good self space in the playing area. Have them make their body into a bridge. On the teachers signal the remaining portion of the class tries to go under (or through) as many of these “body bridges” as possible in the time limit (or length of a song) designated by the teacher.

Challenge the children to change the levels and shapes of their bridges. Have the traveling children perform different locomotor movements. Reverse roles as often as you want.

SHAPE Grade level Outcomes:

Affective

Works independently and safely in physical education. (S4.E6.2a)

Works cooperatively with others. (S4.E4.3a)

Cognitive
Psychomotor

Balances in an inverted position* with stillness and supportive base. (S1.E7.2b)

Differentiates among twisting, curling, bending and stretching actions. (S1.E10.2)

Variations: 

Stones – Have the students form their bodies into tight shapes (i.e., stones) and then the rest of the students have to step or crawl over the stones. Do not have students jump over the stones and make sure you stress that the stones need to stay in a tight shape and all times, especially as others are going over them.

Students can’t go under the same bridge or over the same stone twice in a row. They must visit another stone or bridge before coming back to the same one.