Skill-based games for recess and physical education
Supporting teachers to maximize enjoyable skill-based games and exercises with moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity
Project aims to develop skill-based games and exercises for 11−14 year old schoolchildren to be used in physical education classes and recess. To have beneficial effects also for health, the games must have at least moderate level intensity.
As overweight and obesity are great concerns all over the world, the preventive actions should start at relatively early age and reach to the maximum number of children. Therefore, the school environment was chosen as the main target. To support the new skill based physical education curricula, the games and exercises are targeted to different skills for developing basic movement skills.
During the project, games and exercises will be merged to ten minutes blocks and tested for moderate to vigorous physical activity by objective measurements. Teachers or sport coaches can plan the lesson easily for target skill and be sure that children will be physically active at sufficient intensity level. Teachers and children will also be involved in the development process, as their feedback is critical. One aspect of choosing the game is how children rate them. To involve all children, the action must be fun. Therefore, we aim for the exercises and games to be enjoyable for children and therefore support their activity during the class.
The exercises and games will also be filmed, so the physical education teachers can easily understand the material. Supportive written material will also be included to highlight the importance of physical activity and health in children and adolescents. All the materials will be available publicly.
Researcher Research on physical activity and health +358407440947 firstname.lastname@example.org
Physical Activity Monitoring Specialist Research on physical activity and health +358400248132 email@example.com
Research Director Research on physical activity and health +358400247998 firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding: European Commission through Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Programme
Partners: University of Tartu (Estonia), Vilnius University (Lithuania), Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)