A PE class is a safe environment to try some group acrobatics or stunts, including forming a pyramid structure with one child at the top and lines of other children tapering below him or her as support. Building a human pyramid is a challenging exercise that helps increase strength, flexibility, and balance. Human pyramids also teach children about the importance of teamwork and perseverance, and increase self-confidence.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
Things you need
- Gym mats
Prepare the space for the exercise. Lay down gym mats for protective cushioning. Clear the area of any equipment and make sure children have enough space to properly execute the moves.
Instruct three children to get down on their hands and knees in a straight line, shoulder to shoulder. Make sure they keep their backs straight. The children in this line -- the base of the pyramid -- should be the strongest in the class.
Help two children climb onto the backs of the children at the base of the pyramid. Each child places one knee and one hand on the participant to their right and the participant to their left underneath them. Check their hands are placed on the upper shoulder and their knees are positioned on the mid to low back.
Lift one light child onto the top of the pyramid. He or she places one foot on each of the backs of the children in the middle layer. The child at the top of the pyramid can hold their arms up in a high v to create the finishing effect.
Try building other pyramids using more children. Start with a base of six children once they have perfected the techniques needed to balance and support each other. Use two children at each end of the base layer to strike poses for a more dramatic effect.
Tips and warnings
- Look on the CheerWiz website for details of dozens of variations of the human pyramid for secondary school students, college students and young kids.
- A human pyramid can be dangerous to execute unless you are following strict safety procedures. Make sure the children at the base of the pyramid remain stable at all times. Help children get into position and check no one is in pain or forcing their position.
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