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Week 9: June 1, 2020
Skill of the week: Kicking a ball!
Kicking a ball is a skill that can be difficult for a blind or visually impaired individual. There are several drills that can assist you in developing the skill.
Game of the week: Mini Golf- Putt Putting around the house!
Indoor (or outdoor!) Mini- golf
With many of our normal outdoor fun activities curtailed let us get prepared for those summer trips to the fair or theme parks that will happen soon hopefully!
Mini golf is a popular pastime for all ages! Prepare the children for those days in the future when they go with their friends. We can adapt this game to our current situation of being homebound and limited to activities. It is also a great way to work on fine motor skills and movement control.
1. Create a mini-golf course using household items! Bowls, laundry baskets and boxes can all be adapted to be “golf holes” We have pots and pans, chairs and tables, stairs and walkways, hallways, and doors. Be creative with what you have. Make the Golf Holes auditory by hanging a small bell in it so the ball rings it.
2. Choose a ball that is appropriate for age and size. Use small foam balls or soft play balls that will not break random lamps and windows. Soft floor hockey balls could work.
3. Use Solo plastic cups to form the target area or use as hole. All they must do is hit it. Tap it to make an auditory target. Place a small flashing light if that is appropriate to the functional vision that the player has. Play in the dark with glow in the dark mini sticks at each hole.
4. Make putters out of cut down hockey sticks, plastic play hockey sticks or foam noodles taped together. Use noodles or sticks to form a guide for those having trouble hitting in a straight line.
5. If you have a ball with bells in them use them. Make a ball with good colour contrast to help with location using a wiffle ball.
6. Cut out a mouse hole in cardboard to make a golf hole.
Equipment of the week:
We have looked at several pieces of equipment useful for adapting games and physical activities. Many are found in Dollar stores, Walmart, and other similar stores. They can be made at home or school.
Hula hoops, Foam Noodles, Bean bags, Ball in a bag, Wiffle balls, Frisbees, Throwing rope, Plastic cones and Skipping ropes all have multi uses for games.
As part of next weeks Activity try and make or find the various pieces as we prepare for a sports day!
I will be looking for pictures and ideas of what works and what other items are out there as well! Prizes will be involved! Maybe some videos!
Here is a recent video about one of our sports days we have run with our partners at PRCVI and school districts around the province.
Websites of the week
BC has been a leader in several sports adapted for the blind and visually impaired. We have resources and contacts for each of these sports. BC hosted the first youth blind hockey programs in Canada and continues to do so. Blind Tennis has also become a popular activity. BC has hosted numerous International and National golf tournaments throughout the years.
Please contact us with any questions or suggestions for resources to add to this program.
You can download the above information as a word document or as a pdf for use with screen readers or to print. The links are below.
BC Blind Sports staff are working remotely at this time but can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 604-321-1638
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