ECE-530 Family Fitness Night

Family Fitness Night

Lee Dothage

Grand Canyon University: ECE-530

December 18, 2019

Posted as an example with student permission








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Family Fun Night


Please join us for a night of fun and refreshments. Bring your infant and toddlers to enjoy activities to encourage large and small muscle coordination. We will be Going on a Bear Hunt. I have included information on learning objectives, directions, and accommodations.

To begin the evening, we will have the book Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen playing on a big screen TV. It is 3 minutes long and the infants, toddlers, parents and volunteers will sit on soft pillows on the floor in the cafeteria. The video has Spanish subtitles.

C:\Users\ladot\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.MSO\F3EBBF19.tmpThere will be four stations available for play. Wide tape on the floor will connect the stations. This will give the children the opportunity to practice balancing and following directions. Parents and volunteers will be available for assistance when needed or asked for.


Station 1: Sensory Path

Learning Objective:

The infants and toddlers will be able to crawl, walk or roll thru the sensory path 3 out of 5 times. Comment by Dr Rebecca Reynolds: nicely measured!


This experience will enable the infants and toddlers to strengthen their large muscles in their legs and arms. They will practice picking up the “grass” and “snow” which will help refine their fine motor skills. They will interact with their parents or volunteers about the textures and colors that are on the path.


A path with four sections, one with grass, cut up green construction paper or green filler paper, one mud in a large zip lock bag, secured with duct tape, one with water colored blue with food coloring in a large zip lock bag, secured with duct tape, and one with cotton balls. The children will crawl, walk, or roll thru the path.

Value: This will give the infants and toddlers an opportunity to build their large muscles in their legs and arms. Also, fine motor skills when they touch and pick up the “grass” and “snow.”

Accommodations: There will be small containers of the four sections so children that can’t or choose not to experience the path.

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Station 2: River Walk, Crawl, Roll

Learning Objective:

The children will be able to successfully experience the river by walking, crawling, and/or rolling 3 out of 5 tries.

Targets: Crawling, walking, or rolling through the “river” will enable the infants and toddlers to strengthen their arms and legs. They will increase their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills by picking up the rocks and fishes.


A blue tarp will be secured to the floor. Plastic “rocks” and “fish” will be placed around the “river”. Parents and volunteers will count the “rocks” and “fish” as the infants and toddlers pick them up and put them in a basket.


Children will be able to build the strength in their arms and legs. Picking up the fish and rocks builds fine muscles in their hands and fingers. Introducing counting is another plus.


A tray lined in blue paper with plastic “rocks” and “fish” will allow the experience to be mobile. This will be helpful if children need a quieter experience or can be placed on the lap of a child in a wheelchair.

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Station 3: Snowball Fight

Learning Objectives:

The infants and toddlers will be able to throw the objects into the containers 3 out of 5 tries.


Picking up the objects allows the children to practice their fine motor skills in their hands and fingers.

Throwing the objects encourages large muscle development in their arms and backs as they bend to pick up the objectives.


This station will include a variety of sizes of white balls, ping-pong balls, three-inch squishy ball, and a larger beach ball. These will be in baskets that can be handed to children in a wheelchair or reached by others.

The children will be asked to throw the “snow balls” into the buckets, two sizes, one smaller and one larger. Tape will mark where the children sit or stand, one closer to the target and one farther away. We will start at the closer mark and if the children are successful, they will move to the one that is farther from the target.

Value: This will build small and large muscles in fingers, hands, arms, and back. Parents and volunteers can talk with the children about the sizes and textures of the “snow balls”.

C:\Users\ladot\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\Content.MSO\DC629975.tmp Accommodations: The buckets and the balls will be different sizes and the distances will be varied.



Station 4: The Cave

Learning Objective:

The infants and toddlers will walk, crawl or roll through the parachute and be able to retrieve the small stuffed bear 3 out of 5 times.


This will give children the opportunity to strengthen their large muscles in their legs and arms through crawling, walking, or rolling.

Children can practice their fine motor skills by picking up the bear.


There will be a small parachute that will represent the cave from the story. Volunteers will hold it up for the infants and toddlers to crawl, walk, and roll through. There will be small, soft, stuffed bear on the floor at the other side of the chute. If the older toddlers want, they can play with the parachute, giving them another opportunity for large muscle development.

Value: This activity will give infants and toddlers a chance to practice large and small muscle skills. Parents and volunteers can also talk about the color of the bear, and ask “Where are the bear’s eyes, nose, ears?”

Accommodations: The parachute will be held up at different heights to accommodate the different abilities of the children. Parents will be on the other side of the chute to encourage children to go thru.


General Accommodations Comment by Dr Rebecca Reynolds: Your accommodations are very thoughtful

The flier will be provided in Spanish. I will ask for a volunteer from the community to participate in the event to translate for families with ELL students.


For children with autism or others easily over-stimulated, I will provide a quiet room near-by with soft pillows and a rocking chair.


There will be plenty of volunteers to help parents with the infants and toddlers. Volunteers from the following groups will be recruited: 4H Clubs, FACC students, child development students, A+ students, and others from the community.



Thank you for your participation. It has been so much fun. You can do these and other activities at home to promote your child’s physical development.

Enjoy reading the “Going on a Bear Hunt” with your child. Our local Scholastic Distribution center provided the book.

Assignment Instructions

When seeking a child care facility to which to entrust their children, families do extensive research to find a location that works best for them. Parents can use the handbook of a child care facility to learn about the procedures and expectations of the facility to assist them in selecting the best placement for their children.

For this assignment, you will create a handbook for a child care facility you plan to open. The purpose of the handbook is to provide prospective families with information about the center.

Include information for each of the following:

School Philosophy, Mission, and Vision

Readiness for Learning

· Based on the digital handouts created in Topic 1, write an explanation of how you will evaluate each child’s readiness for learning (cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and/or physical).

Instructional Planning

· A sample lesson plan on the topic of your choice as an example of instruction you would provide to the children in a specific age range. Be sure the lesson plan addresses young children’s characteristics and needs, including strengths, interests, and needs that enable each student to advance and accelerate his or her learning.

Using the “Safety Considerations Table and Checklist,” determine safety policies on the following:

· Daily schedule – pick-up and drop off processes, monitoring attendance, lunch/snacks, and naps

· Safe use of technology

· Fire safety and evacuation


· Based on what you learned about nutritional practices in Topic 4, create a guideline for meals/snacks for one age group (0-6 months, 7-11 months, 1 year-olds, 2-year-olds, or 3- and 4-year-olds) that you could present to families.

Health policies on the following:

· Illness

· Screenings

· Immunization information

· Allergies

· Medication


· Communication and collaboration with families/volunteers that allow others to    participate in the children’s development and learning.

Support your handbook with 3-5 scholarly references.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide,

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