Posted on March 20, 2020

Walk the Line

Simone Biles is a gymnast who’s won 30 Olympic and World Championship medals. You and your tiny gymnast might not be ready to compete in the Olympics, but can you make it from one end of the balance beam to the other?

Materials:

Piece of masking tape or a string, taped or weighted on either end.

Steps:

1. Let’s practice for the Olympics just like Simon Biles!

2. First, let’s walk the balance beam: Let’s start on one side of this line of tape or string, and walk, one foot in front of the other from one end to the other.

3. Now, let’s make up our own gymnastics floor routine. We can do a ribbon dance or safe cartwheels or get inspired by one of Simone’s world-famous routines, which we can find together online.

Words to Use:

Gymnastics – exercises developing or displaying physical agility and coordination

Balance – to keep steady and not fall

Balance beam – a narrow bar that a gymnast balances on

Spot – to stand beside and help balance

Simplify:

Hold your little gymnast’s hand to help him or her balance and walk in a straight line. 

Stretch:

Try additional gymnastics moves, like hopping on one foot or crab walking. 

Why:

Walking in a straight line and balancing helps build your little gymnast’s muscles.

Highlights of Women’s History Month

Simone Biles is an American gymnast who has won 30 Olympic and World Championship medals. She did gymnastics for the first time when she was 6 years old on a daycare field trip!
“We can push ourselves further. We always have  more to give.” — Simone Biles


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