Jamaica Unit Study: Run like Usain Bolt [Gross Motor Activity]

Usain St Leo Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter. He is a world record holder in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay, and considered to be the greatest sprinter of all time.

As part of our study of Jamaica, it made sense to honor him with a learning activity. I try to work in a gross motor activity each unit and thought this would be fun. Unfortunately our spring has been anything but warm, so our trip to the local track was pretty cold.

My girls are 1 & 3, so there was no way they’d be able to run a true sprint, so we decided that we’d “try” to do a 40 meter attempt. Usain did a 40 meter in 4.22 seconds this year (2019), lol. I measured down the path about 40 big steps (this activity was not super accurate, haha)

I had my kiddo run from the “starting” point to where we marked as 40 meters. She took off pretty fast for three.

But as a preschooler, she found dandylions that she wanted to pick and make a wish from.

My baby wanted in on this so she turned around to go get her.

I reminded her the clock was ticking so she took off again. She did her 40 in about 16 seconds. I didn’t think that was too bad for having a couple distractions, lol.

We collected more dandylions. It’s crazy to think how fast Usain can run! But what a fun activity to get the blood moving, even on a cold day! 🙂

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