Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Sports Preschool Lesson Plans

Ball Rubbings

Cut different ball shapes from paper doilies or sand paper. Tape these balls to the table. Have the children place a piece of thin white paper over the balls and rub a crayon over the ball shape.

Shaving Cream Art
Add a drop of food coloring to a baseball sized pile of shaving cream. Mix this with a paint brush. Have the children be very careful, and use smocks because the food coloring will stain their clothing and hands. Have the children paint the shaving cream on a piece of paper that is ball shaped.

Potato Prints (ball prints)
Cut a large potato in half. Supply the children with the potato stamps, different colored paints, and paper. Have the children dip the potatoes in the paint and press them firmly onto the paper. If the potatoes are not cut evenly the shapes will not appear clearly.

Sports Stamping Patterns
Use rubber stamps to create a simple pattern on the top half of a piece of paper. Ask your child to help you recreate the pattern on the bottom half of the paper. Tip: Start with one stamp, and have your child pick which stamp you used. Start slowly and work your way up to more complicated patterns.

Sports Stamping
Supply the children with rubber stamps with a sports theme to use to create a picture.

Sports Stickers
Supply the children with sports themed stickers to create a picture 

Ball Splat 
You will need various balls, a large box, paper and paint. Place a 
piece of paper in the bottom of the box. Let the children dip the balls 
in the paint and throw them into the box. When they are finished pull 
out the paper and allow to dry. 

Cut out a pennant shape from paper and allow the children to make a 
pennant for their favorite team. 

Jump Song 
(My son's favorite) 
Let's say you are singing for Sarah.... It'll make it easier 
Sarah, Sarah, Jump up and Down, 
Sarah, Sarah, Jump up and Down, 
Sarah, Sarah, Jump up and Down, 
Now sit back down. 
I have found this songs not only works well in circle time... 
but you can substitute everyone for Sarah, and after the 
song.. everyone is sitting It's great. 
A Couple Variations: 
instead of Jump up and Down sing: 
Act like a clown, bounce up and down, or spin all around. 

"Take me Out to the Ball game" 

Dance Prop Box 
Mexican Hat, tutu, cane, top hat, baton, wand, broom, dresses, scarves, 
ribbons, shoes (tap, ballet), slippers, gloves, play rose, music, hat, 
boas, ties, and belts. 

Sports Match Up 
There are many ways to set this up depending on the skill level or the 
particular skill you wish to work on. Try these different set ups: 

Cut out sports shapes from different colors of paper. Give each child 
one sports shape. Ask the children to find one person with the same 
color sports shape. 

Cut the sports shapes from one color of paper. Label one set of sports 
shapes with numbers, i.e. if you have 20 children, label the sports 
shapes with the numbers one to ten. The other half, draw one dot on 
one, two on another, and so on until ten. Give each child one sports 
shape and have them find the child with their match. 

Cut the sports shapes from one color of paper. Place matching stickers 
on two sports shapes. Give each child one sports shape and have them 
find the child with their match. 

Place matching sports stickers on separate index cards. Give each child 
a card and ask them to find the child with their match. 

Try all the above, but in a file folder format. Glue one part of the 
sports shape to the file folder and laminate it's match. 

Bean Bag or soft ball Toss 
Obtain a large piece of cardboard. A large, unfolded box works well. 
Cut one or two holes or sports shapes out of the cardboard. Paint the 
cardboard. When dry let the children throw bean bags through the holes. 

Sports Hop 
Cut out large sports shapes from colored paper. Laminate them and cut 
them out. Place them on the floor and ask the children to hop from one 
sports shape to another. These may also be used at seat markers for 
group time. 

What time is it Mr. Referee? 
This is a fun game to play outside. You can change the name to suit any 
The children all line up against a wall or fence. 
And one child, (Mr. Referee) or the teacher faces away from the 
children, a good distance away from the children. 
The children yell, what time is it "Mr. Referee", 
Mr. Referee answers 1 o'clock, and the children all take one step toward 
Mr. Referee. 
The children yell again, what time is it "Mr. Referee", 
Mr. Referee answers (fill in the blank) o'clock, and the children all 
take same number of step toward Mr. Referee. 
This continues until all the children are very close to Mr. Referee, 
then Mr. Referee will answer it's midnight, and chases the children back 
to the fence or wall that they started at. The first person Mr. Referee 
touches will be the new Mr. Referee. 

Sports Hide and Seek 
Have all the children hide their eyes while you "hide" a sports object 
in the room. (It should be placed in plain view) Tell the children to 
find the object, but not touch it. Once they spot it they should sit 
back down in their spot. The first one to sit down again will get to 
hide the object. 

Sports Hide and Seek 
Play the game the same as above, except hide the sports object. Then 
tell the children individually whether they are "hot" or "cold" to the 
relation of the object. Allow the other children to have a change to 
hide the object, and tell children whether they are "hot or cold". It 
may be a good idea to discuss the meaning of hot and cold before you 
play this game. 

Sports Shape Fishing Game 
Tie 3 feet of string to a wooden spoon. Attach a magnet to the end of 
the string. Cut and laminate many different colored, and sized sports 
shapes from construction paper (not too big though). Attach a paper clip 
to each shape. Spread the shapes on the floor and let your child try to 
catch the shapes. Have them try to catch the red shape.. or the biggest 
shape. For a twist, label the shapes with letters or numbers. Ask the 
children to catch a specific shape, or ask them which shape they caught. 

Ball Sizing 
Cut out many different sized ball shapes. Ask the children to line up 
the shapes from largest to smallest. 

Real Ball Sizing
Supply the children with different sized balls and have them line up the 
ball according to size. 

Ball Numbers 
Cut out ten ball shapes. Number them one to ten. Ask the children to 
line up the balls from one to ten. 

Ball Colors 
Ask the children to sort the balls by color. 

Sports Match Up
Supply the children with pictures of sports objects that belong 
together.. i.e. baseball and baseball mit or bat. A hockey puck and 
stick. Ask the children if they can match the objects. 

Sports Sort
Supply the children with pictures of sports objects that belong 
together. Have the children sort the objects according to the sport 
they go with. 

Ramp and Roll 
Create a ramp with a large block or book. Then gather toys and show how 
the toys roll or slide down the ramp. Have a ramp and roll race. 

Roll the Ball 
Roll a ball back and forth. 

Beach Ball Bat 
Hang a beach ball from the ceiling just within the child's reach. Allow 
the children to bat at the ball. 

Sports Sort: 
Cut out shapes of different sports objects. Have them laminated. Ask 
the children to sort the shapes. Ask the children how many ___ do you 

Find One like mine:
Cut out shapes of different sports objects. Have them laminated. Pick 
out a shape, and ask the children to pick the same shape as you out of a 
pile of shapes. 

Make yours like mine: 
Provide each child, and yourself with different sports objects. Place 
your shapes in a pattern, and ask the children if they can make theirs 
like yours. Let the children have a turn too, making up the patterns. 

Over the blocks 
Set a block on the floor. Encourage your child to jump over the block. 
For younger children, you may have to hold his/her hand. When your child 
can jump over one block... add another.. and another, or for advanced 
jumpers, have the child help you build a little wall. 

Kid Sports Jeopardy 
Tell your child you are going to play a game, where they come up with 
the answers and you come up with the questions. Let's say that they say 
“baseball”, you could say “What is a game you play that has four bases?” 
Play this way for a little until they get the hang of it, then switch, 
you say the answers and let them think of the questions. 

Lacing Cards 
Cut colored poster board into a sports shape and punch holes around the 
edges. Them let your child lace yarn or a shoestring into the cards. 

Line Walk 
Place a line of masking tape on your floor. Have your child walk on the 
line. Try it backwards, hopping or try it your own way. 

Can Stilts 
Get two cans of the same size. Use a hammer and nail to punch two holes 
in each can opposite sides, about 1 inch below the top rim. Thread a 
rope through each can by bringing the rope through one hole and out the 
other. Tie the ends together, leaving enough rope to reach the child's 
waist. Have your child put the cans on their feet, grasp the rope and 
pull up to walk. 

Home made memory game 
You need: 
Index cards (blank on both sides) 
Sports Stickers 
What to do: 
Place matching stickers on one side of two index cards. Place the cards 
sticker side down. Take turns trying to find a match by turning over two 
cards per turn. If you find a match you get another turn, if not the 
next player gets their turn. 

Bowling Game 
You need: 
At least 3, 2 liter bottles 
clean sand 
a ball 
What to do: 
Soak the bottles in warm water, so the labels come of easily. Allow the 
bottles to dry, then use the funnel to fill the bottles 1/3 full with 
sand. Screw on the tops to the bottles tightly. You may choose to 
decorate with stickers, or glue on ribbons, or whatever you choose. Set 
the bottles up, and bowl away!!! 

Basketball game 
Easy game to play. Take a laundry basket, and a ball, and tell your 
child to throw the ball into the basket. You may use masking tape on the 
floor to mark a free throw line. Ask your child to be their favorite 
basketball star!!! 

Box Hop Game 
Set out a few box tops for your child to hop in and out of. Or line up 
three or four box tops, and have your child hop from box top to box top. 

Inside skate 
Have your child "skate" around inside. All you need is socks, and a 
floor that is not carpeted. Have fun!!!! It was also suggested to me 
that you can tie coloring books to your child's feet and "skate" on 

Play your Favorite Sport
Supply the children with various sports items to play with and 

Wear you ______ Day
Each day pick a special thing for the children to wear that day:
Baseball cap
Hockey shirt
Team shirt 

Ball Toss
Hold up a hula hoop and have the children throw a ball through it. 

Sports Charades
For the older children:
Have a child act out a sport. The first child to guess gets to act out 
the next sport. 

Running Races
Have a running race or a relay race. Make it fun by having them walk on 
all fours, walk backwards, hop, skip etc. 

Obstacle Course
Set up an obstacle course for the children to navigate. Chairs, 
climbers, tape on the floor are good tools for this. 

Ball Weighing 
Provide the children with a variety of balls to measure and weight. 

At the water Table
Provide the children with balls in the water table. Do they float or 

At the water Table 
Provide the children with toys that look like people for the water 
table. Have the children pretend the people are swimming. 

Tag Team Clean Up 
Assign members to each team, making it pretty fair to the amount of mess 
in each area. Make necklaces with the names of the areas to be cleaned 
on them and pictures. Have the children sit down on our carpet and tell 
them what to clean and give them a necklace. Like Dramatic Play, blocks, 
small toys, art, puzzles.. etc. Then they would race against each other 
and whatever team was done and all sitting on the carpet first would 

My Ball Song
sung to "Mary had a Little Lamb"
Once I had a little ball 
little ball 
little ball 
Once I had a little ball 
Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce 

My Sports Song
sung to "The More we Get Together" 
If I would play soccer
play soccer
play soccer
If I would play soccer
I would need a ball 
Substitute soccer for football, tennis, baseball etc. 

Scarf and Ribbon Dancing
Provide each child with a ribbon or scarf to dance with. 

Balance Beams
If you don't have a balance bean in your class, tape a piece of yarn on 
the floor and have the children walk on that. It's fun, and they fall 
less often.

Study the history of sports and sports in different cultures

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