Week 21 Striking Balloons





Striking – Balloons


Equipment Needed

One balloon for each child, control cones, spots, hoops/baskets, mats

Content Standard Benchmarks or Common Core Standards

Learning Goals, Objectives, Expected Outcomes


  1. Tap a balloon in the air with selected body parts (head, hands, elbows, knees, feet, shoulders, and arms).
  2. Demonstrate that to send the balloon up in the air it must be tapped on the bottom.


  1. Create a sequence of three body parts that can be used repeatedly to keep the balloon up in the air.
  2. Discuss the physical points involved in tapping the balloon up into the air.


  1. Have Fun
  2. Share the space in the room with others.





Entrance Routine
Hello, stand in an own space inside the boundaries. Have the balloons spread around the boundaries inside the hoops or baskets.
Part 1





6 Minutes

Warm up with 5 minutes of travel stop.  The Main Street Travel/Stop song is fun!

Encourage the students to:

  • move to open spaces.
  • Move to all the spaces inside the boundaries.
  • Look as they travel.
  • Change Levels
  • Change Direction
  • Travel on different body parts
When I say go, get a balloon and find an own space.  When you get to your own space; Show me how you can tap your balloon up in the air over your head with your hand.  
Part 2

New skill or concept

Striking a Balloon

15 Minutes

(GD Question: If you want the balloon to go straight up into the air, staying above your own space, where on the balloon should your body part hit?

Work to keep your balloon in your own working space by tapping it right on the bottom to send it straight up in the air. If you are using other body parts besides your hands that body part must tap the bottom of the balloon, too.

Always be ready to travel to get under your balloon just in case it does not come straight down. Be sure to look where you are going so that you don’t hurt anyone as you travel to get your balloon.

  • Tap the balloon with (you call out the body part) and send it straight up in the air. (Teacher names the different parts the children are using to tap the balloon. Encourage a variety of parts.) Remember to tap the balloon with body parts on both sides of your body. We want both sides to have equal turns in tapping the balloon.
  • See if you can keep your balloon in the air until I count to 15. Ready go…. (Teacher counts out loud to 15.)
  • Tap your balloon with one hand and then the other hand.
  • One elbow and then the other elbow;
  • One knee and then the other knee. (Teacher may select other body parts or let the children choose. Have them alternate body parts and sides of the body.)
  • Can you tap your balloon a little higher but still keep it in your own space?
Body Parts to try when hitting the balloon up into the air.

  • Head
  • hands
  • elbows
  • knees
  • feet
  • shoulders
  • arms
  • back
  • chest
  • stomach
  • Bottom
Transition Stay in the own space you stopped in.  
Part 3


10 – 15 Minutes

  • Count the number of different body parts you can use to tap your balloon in the air.
  • Let’s try to develop a tapping sequence with our balloon. Choose three different body parts to tap with and see if you can give each body part a turn tapping the balloon.
  • See if you can keep the balloon up in the air by repeating the tapping sequence with the three body parts in order. An example of a sequence might be; hand, knee, and head.
  • Share your sequence with a partner and see if they can remember what three body parts you used in your sequence. (If they are getting quite good at a sequence of three, you may have some go to sequences of four to five body parts.)
Transition Put your balloon away and get a mat from the side of the boundaries.  
Part 4

Stretching & closure

Taking it Home

5 Minutes

Cool Down

Choose 3 stretches to do with the class.


Turn to someone next to you and tell them the three body parts you used for your sequence. Choose someone different than your partner from part three.



Additional Part 3 Activities

Tap an’ Travel

  • Choose a body part to strike your balloon with.  Look for a new own space and begin hitting your balloon up into the air as you travel to your new own space.  When you get to your new own space, stay in that spot and keep striking your balloon up into the air in the new own space until I say freeze.  Let the children do this task at least three different times before moving onto the next step
  • As you tap your balloon, travel to a new own space.  When you get to your new own space, change the body part you are using and travel to a new own space!  Keep traveling until I call freeze.