Starting situation All the children are spread over the tatami.
Description 1. The teacher calls out an activity, like run, crawl or move like an animal;
2. Hajime means green light which means they can start the activity;
3. Mate means read light, so they have to stop;
4. When the teacher says ‘park’, they have to go to the red border of the tatami.
5. The car can get a maximum of 5 passengers. It means that when the teacher says a number, the children need to continue running together, but also coordinate (e.g. number 4, 2 persons in front, 2 persons in back)
6. There also is a ‘bus’ – which means that the children have to be aligned 2 by 2, back to back, facing forwards, forming a big duo train (bus).
7. To make the activity more challenging, you can add the rule that the cars can only park moving backwards. This means that the children need to coordinate themselves together.
Security rules/tips - Make sure the instructions are clear, always point out the limits of the tatami - Make sure the children always look ahead to not bump into each other
Variations of the exercise You can add different activities, like crawl or move like different animals
Teachers tips/comments When you say mate, make sure they are completely silent.


Age from 4
Age to 5
Materials -
Format Individual, Group
Skills General motor skills
Judo techniques -


Explain to the children that they have honour if they can perform the tasks as agreed. You can ask the children beforehand: “Do you know what is honour?” Then: “If you will do the exercise how we agreed, you will find out.” After they did the exercise you can tell them: “You did the exercise as we agreed, so you showed honour. It’s how we can trust each other. Tell yourself: Good job!”


Netherlands Esther Stam



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