Scooter boards have been around forever. I was recently discussing with my students how the original scooters were made from wood with casters similar to the ones we use today, only much smaller. My PE teacher would wheel out several scooter racks, each consisting of a half dozen scooters stacked up one on top of another. We would explore different pathways while sitting, kneeling, and on our bellies. Sometimes we would have relay races and play scooter line soccer. Everyone loved the scooter boards…until the scooter tipped and pinched their fingers. OUCH!
Today, I still remain a big supporter of scooters in PE class. I even share many of the activities I learned from my PE teachers. However, I also like to use scooters as a motivating tool for fitness. In an effort to keep fitness fresh and exciting, I along with my students, have created several exercises to enhance flexibility, endurance, and strength using scooter boards. Most, if not all the exercises are “pinch free”, meaning students won’t crush their fingers. If you’re a PE teacher, you know what I’m talking about.
Scooter Kayak Tag
I started playing this game when my students kept getting their fingers pinched under the scooter. Instead of holding the handles of the scooter, each student holds a noodle, eliminating the chance of the scooter tipping onto their fingers. In Scooter Kayak Tag, the noodle represents kayak paddle. I pick one of the colors to be it (purple in the video). All students pretend to paddle their kayak as they flee the purple paddles. If tagged kayakers go the the exercise zone to complete any one of the exercises you’ll see below. In this case the exercise is a knee tuck as seen in the video. Once the exercise is completed, the student re-enters the water and continues the game.
Scooter Knee Tucks
Scooter Push and Pull
Scooter Noodle Spin
Scooter Crab Tuck
Scooter Inch Worm
Scooter Crab Leg Circles
Scooter Plank Exchange
Scooter Pushup and Tuck
Scooter Around the Clock Pushups
Scooter Action with 1st Grade
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