Six Bricks & Crossing the B-Line Mats - Book 1
We are delighted to present this 52 page compilation of 132 activities for both ‘Crossing B-Line Mat’ and the ‘Move, Jump & Follow Mat’.
This book contains the calls list for the ‘Crossing the B-Line’ horizontal and vertical suite of 114 basic movement activities, along with the calls for the 18 movement activities for the ‘Move, Jump & Follow Mat’.
The book is divided into three sections as follows:
- Section 1: Crossing B-Line Horizontal Mat (76 Basic Movement Activities)
- Section 2: Crossing B-Line Vertical Mat (38 Basic Movement Activities)
- Section 3: The Move, Jump & Follow Mat (18 Movement Activities)
For each activity, the teacher calls out a series of instructions (moves) and the children carry out each instruction in turn by moving the corresponding named brick to the required new position. This requires steady concentration and repeated cognitive processing.
Each movement mat activity usually lasts for about 20 teacher call-outs.
If the children have listened carefully, processed each instruction correctly and moved the corresponding coloured brick to its new position, then at the end of all 20 call-outs, their bricks should now be in the new positions as determined by the answer key at the end of the activity e.g. All bricks end up on the red line.
As children participate in these activities for each mat, they are:
- Listening carefully & staying focused
- Making sense of the language and vocabulary
- Following the instructions
- Remembering the specifics of the task or challenge in order to carry it out (working memory)
- Exercising perceptual skills, fine motor skills, eye-hand co-ordination, etc.
- Cognitively processing and carrying out the task using existing knowledge, skill and understanding
Within the many activities here, there is a focus on the development of vocabulary, spatial relationships, working memory, cognitive processing and task completion.
You can engage your six bricks mats and activities at any time of the day. For example:
- First thing in the morning to sharpen the brains & get ready for learning
- Just after break to refocus attention and settle down
- As a brain-break during the course of a school day - stop whatever you are doing and re-energise the brain as you play!