Obstacle game Polar Express


Imitating the train rails and the fast pace of the Polar express rushing to the North Pole, we created a TPR (Total Physical Response) game with obstacles and challanges, sorting exercises and then timing them to spice it up a little. They had so much fun that they wanted to do it again and again.

  • IN and OUT of the circles:
    We put some circles on the floor to create the perfect ground for a jumping in and out the circle game. We divided the children in pairs, and tied up their ankles with the bathrobe belt. At our whistle, they started jumping in and out the circles, trying to coordinate themselves with the other and dealing with the difference of height, agility, balance and pace. That was not that easy, but really fun for them.


    We provided the children with a right amount of plastic ball of any color and a basket. When they arrived at that point, we were going to call out the color of the balls they had to collect in the basket. They were learning about how to classify and distinguish by color, among other options.


    We put a rope on the floor and stick it with some tape. Here the children had to imagine that they were on the train rails and didn’t have to fall down. They had, first, to figure out how to walk in pairs on the rope and, secondly, walk faster but always  an eye open at where the other friend was.
    Children had to sit on the floor and helping with their whole body and willingness to race on their bottoms until the door. In this exercise they were practicing how to use their legs muscles in coordination to their back and hands movements. That was great fun and children loved to have their muscles stretched a little.


The race is over when they reach the ponit where they started.
If they like, you can repeat it again, timing them, changing pairs.

For other ideas about our Polar Express day, don’t loose our schedule and activity plan!

Here below, we share the video of our TPR activity:

Have you ever experienced any TPR activity in your classes? Which ones? If not, do you think they are useful? Would like to include them in your classes?

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