Drill: Cat and Mouse
Equipment needed: 4 cones per group
Instructors needed: One per group
Description: The students will chase each other around the ring. This is great for helping the students build control, spatial awareness, and gross motor skills.
Teaching SKILLZ:
NEUROBICS – The instructor can ask the students what kind of cat/mouse they will be for this drill, like what kind of color their fur is and other descriptions that allow the student to use their imagination. This will connect the left and right hemispheres of their brain, and keep the students engaged in the activity.
RESPONSE INHIBITION – The student must be able to run around the cones without running on the inside of the square, while getting chased or chasing another student. This works on their ability to complete a task despite distraction, as even though they want to win the game, they have to remember to stay on the outside of the cones.
Step 1
Divide your students into groups.
Step 2 – Setting Up the Drill:
For each group you will need to set up four cones approximately 6’ apart from each other to make a ring. Designate each cone 1- 4, with 1 being the starting cone.
Step 3 – Explain the Rules:
  • One student will be the mouse and one student will be the cat.
  • When I say “go” the mouse will start running around the cones.
  • When the mouse reaches the second cone, the cat will begin to chase him/ her.
  • If the cat catches the mouse before the mouse passes each cone twice then the cat wins. If not, then the mouse wins.
  • You must stay on the outside of the cones.
  • If you knock over any cones or run inside of the cones, then you must do 10 push-ups.
Step 4 – Takeaways:
  • Run Fast
  • Control your running
Step 5
  • Continue until each student has at least one turn to be the cat and the mouse.
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