Magnetic toes commonly used at IslandWood is an effective way to gain students attention to give instruction.
Basic idea: Students will gather in a circle with toes touching.
- Have students start in a circle.
- Go over expectations of what you would like students to do while in magnetic toes.
- Walk down the trail a little way
- Call magnetic toes
- Count down from five
- By the time you get to one the students will have gathered in a circle with their toes touching along with any other expectations that you had expressed.
Suggestions for guiding instructions during your first count down:
- 5 - Walking this way
- 4 - Circling up
- 3 - Voices off
- 2 - Ears turned up to eleven
- 1 - Eyes on the speaker
During your time at IslandWood "Magnetic Toes" can get old very fast. Personalizing the activity it to match your personality and team name provides a fun refreshing way to use Magnetic Toes.
Example: In the video I used the phrase "Hail Storm" instead of Magnetic Toes.
- Students will bunch up and not recognize that there are students behind them.
- Possible Solution: No double parking: Students should not be in front of another.
- Count down from 3 - 2 - 1
- On one make a fun noise jump and put both feet together
Read your group. If your group needs to keep feet touching to keep focused on the instruction that is okay!