Google+ Authentic Parenting: Laser Dancer Activity

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Laser Dancer Activity

No thriller is complete without a bank or diamond heist. And the most glamorous way to rob a bank is to dance your way through laser beams. Now we’re not encouraging your kids to become bank thieves, but imagine if they could move like this!

(By the way, the real trick is to send them to Capoeira classes.)
So, we’ve come up with our own lo-tech way to do this. All you need is party streamer paper, a corridor of some sort and some masking tape. If you want to up the ante, get a timer (probably on your phone), and maybe even set a video camera at the end of the run (probably also on your phone). And we defy you not to try this with your kids…

Setup is easy. Go to a corridor, or somewhere where the walls are relatively close together. Then create an obstacle course through the corridor by sticking the streamer paper from the wall on one side to the wall on the other. Not too close together, or it would be impossible. Mix between high, low, diagonals. The point should be to make it so that your child will have to bend, flex, balance, jump, crawl or slither to make it from one end to the other.

Once the course is set, the objective is for your child to go from one end of the course to the other without breaking the streamer paper. Set a timer for 2 minutes, or if that gets too easy, make it 90 seconds. Have the ‘diamond’ on a chair at the end of the course, and set the video camera up there pointing back through the course to capture them going from end to end.
Making it more challenging is easy. First, there needs to be a rule that there’s no touching or leaning on walls. Then once they can do it that way, have them redesign the course so that they would need to go from low to high one obstacle to the next, and get the ‘laser beams’ closer together.
AND - let us know if you managed to have them do this without you having a go at it as well. We weren’t able to…


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Because they love us so much (or so they say!), they've offered all of our readers membership at 1 penny a month (it would usually be £4 UK pounds, so this is a discount of 99.75%!). We asked them why they still charge the penny, and they told us that this is for online security for kids - it means that they will be able to identify anyone on the site in case of inappropriate behaviour.
Anyway, if you'd like to find out more when they launch, just fill in the form at the end of their video, and you'll get instructions for joining when they open their doors!



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