Last week, I experienced a new use for playing cards. I’ve been taking a weekly exercise class that’s actually very fun. (That’s sort of an oxymoron isn’t it?!) Anyway, here’s the fun part: what we do each week is a surprise! Last night, our instructor used playing cards. He assigned an exercise for each suit (hearts, clubs, spades, diamonds). The cards were shuffled, and we began. When a four of diamonds was pulled, we did four reps of the diamond exercise. A face card equaled 11 reps; an ace was 12. Wouldn’t this be a great way to incorporate a bit of physical activity into the school day? You could do jumping jacks, toe touches, squats, and lunges; or you could do any combination of movements. And trust me, in only a few minutes, the ole heart rate is accelerated!
So what ideas do you have for using playing cards in the classroom? Please share!