This activity focuses on the fundamental movement skills of locomotion (walking, running).
Preparation: Prepare and photocopy maps that show checkpoints; hide pictures or objects at checkpoints.
This activity is best suited for small groups of children.
1. Explain that orienteering is an activity where you use clues on a map to find your way to a sequence of checkpoints.
2. Give each child a map attached to a clipboard. The map can be the same for each child or the sequence of checkpoints can be put in a different order on different maps (to encourage the children to follow their own map rather than each other).
3. Help each child locate where they are on the map. Explain that their task is to read the map to figure out where they need to go first (i.e. checkpoint #1).
4. At the checkpoint, have the child(ren) find the object or picture you previously left or hid there. They then each draw the object or picture on their map sheet at the appropriate checkpoint number.
5. Orientate to the next check point, and so on.