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Thursday, 01 May 2003 11:53

Mall Games - Part 4

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AND...we've done the BLUE SHMOO game. Have someone you know (and the kids don't) go to the mall wearing something blue (or any color). Kids have to go around asking people with blue on (maybe excluding jeans) if they are the BLUE SHMOO. The real BLUE SHMOO has a gift certificate to a cookie place or something for the first group to find him/her. (This works pretty well with a specific color hat at an amusement park).
Thursday, 01 May 2003 11:52

Line Soccer

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Divide students into equal teams and have them line up on two parallel lines facing each other. (Use tape or chalk or spray paint the weeds in the back lot to make lines if you don't have a gym or basketball court). Count off members of each team as you would for steal the bacon. (each team has someone who is a one, two, three, etc.)Place a soccer ball in the center and call a number. The students whose number you called come out and try to score a goal by kicking the ball past the opposite team. All students left on the lines are goalies and can use hands and feet to stop the ball, but must stay on the line. Those who are trying to score must play regular soccer rules (no hands, etc.)Balls kicked over the heads of the "goalies" that are out of reach don't count (judgment call of the ref. is final) and cones (or sweatshirts) set up on the four corners mark out of bounds.After they get the hang of it call more than one number at a time, or call all numbers or play with more than one ball. It's handy to have a second ball so when one gets kicked down the ravine, into the blackberry bushes, or into the creek the game can keep going while some students hunt down the wild ball.
Thursday, 01 May 2003 11:52


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Get 5 - 9 kids in a circle and have them reach across and grab other's hands. They cannot grab their own hand no can they be holding both hands of someone else (i.e. each hand is holding someone else's hand). Then they have to un-tangle themselves without letting go. It can always be done so don't let them give up.
Thursday, 01 May 2003 11:52

Jello Bobbing

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1. Place candy in bottom of large tub. 2. Fill large tub with jello (any flavor). 3. Instruct students to bob for the candy similar to bobbing for apples. 4. Clean up.
Thursday, 01 May 2003 11:52

Human Foosball

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We play this game crossways in our gym. You divide the course in half and make boxes for the kids to stand in, in the form of a foosball table. If you are not familiar with a foosball table the middle two lines face one another and are on opposing teams. Behind them are the opponents line, reducing the number in the line to less than are in the middle lines, and they are facing the goal they are kicking toward. Behind them are their opponents facing the other goal trying to block their kicks. Do this down till you have one goalie. A box is drawn on the wall that the ball must be kicked into to score a point. It is best if you use a light dime store type ball so it doesn't hurt as much if (when) you get hit by the ball. It also sails wildly when kicked. It is best if shoes are taken off and play in sock feet to protect every ones shins. Have a referee roll the ball between the two opposing middle lines. Then the kicking begins, no arms are allowed to hit or catch the ball. Players must stay in their assigned boxes and only move side to side to kick or block the ball. If the ball is kicked out of bounds or to a dead spot that no one can get to without getting out of their box, the referee rolls the ball down the middle again to restart the point. After each point everyone rotates one spot giving everyone a chance to play at every position. Our kids love to play this game and lots of energy is expelled. Plenty of drink is needed. Adjust rules as needed.
Thursday, 01 May 2003 11:51

Human Blob

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This game is more interesting with larger groups, but can be played just as well with smaller ones. Divide the group into two teams and have each team stand close together to form a solid circle or big dot in front of the leader. This is the starting position. The leader then calls out a shape. The teams then race to form a solid shape out of their bodies on the floor. They should all sit or lie down to let the leader know they are finished. After the round, the teams should go back to the starting position. Start easy with basic shapes like square and triangle. Then increase the difficulty, using letters or numbers. Finally, use complex shapes like, north america, a dog or human being.
Thursday, 01 May 2003 11:51


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Everybody finds a partner and stands in a circle. Two people are chosen out of the circle. One person is chosen to be it and the other person is being chased. The person being chased is to grab another person's arm before they get taged. The person who's arm gets grabbed's partner has to run before the person who is it tags them. stop whenever.
Thursday, 01 May 2003 11:51

Handicap Basketball

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There are two teams seated alternately in two rows. See diagram. [1] [2] [1] [2] [1] [2] [B1] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - [B2] [2] [1] [2] [1] [2] [1] [1] = player for team 1 [2] = player for team 2 [B1] = basket for team 1 to score (a waste paper basket will do) [B2] = basket for team 2 All players sit facing inwards, that is all players face the dashed line drawn in the diagram. Non-wheelchair people are to be seated on chairs, and they are STRICTLY not allowed to lift their bottoms of their chairs (else they will be penalized). All players are to remain where they are, i.e. even if you've got a wheelchair, you're not allowed to move position. Players pass the ball to each other, and score by throwing the ball (maybe a soft rubber ball, or a t-shirt/crumpled newspaper wrapped in plastic bags) into their basket. Opposing team members may try to block. Keep the spacing near enough so that blocking is feasible, or maybe near enough so that players can tickle each other... (A referee might be handy). Enjoy!
Thursday, 01 May 2003 11:51

Guinness Games

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A night/day of contests in which kids may try to set a "world's record" a la The Guinness Book of World Records. However, the kids don't compete against the book itself but against each other. The 1st year, "records" are set and the following years kids try to break them, and set new records which last for another year. Sample contests: Eating contests (marshmallows, onions, lemons) Endurance contests (standing on your head, running in place, talking, stare down, pogo stick jumping, keeping eyes open without blinking) Skill contests (free throws, frisbee throwing, burping, bubble blowing, There should be a separate contest for guys and girls in the athletic competitions. Kids can pay an entry fee for whichever events they'd like to try. *** I think this would be better for youth retreats and do it annually... this may help to keep attendance up at the retreats. Videotaping should be fun.
Thursday, 01 May 2003 11:51

Find the Hose

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two teams, line up facing each other across an open space, with a long hose with a spray nozzle lying on the ground midway between - like this: Team A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 nozzle-------------hose--------------------------------- -----------faucet Team B 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Number the players on each team. When you call out a number, like #3, the #3 player from each team must be blindfolded (best done by a neutral adult). While being blindfolded, you are rearranging the hose so they don't know where the nozzle is. At your whistle (or other signal), they stumble towards the hose, feeling the ground with their hands, being verbally guided by the shouts of their team-mates, who cannot leave the line (cones at each end or a rope they can't cross helps). Whichever person finds the NOZZLE (not just the hose) first gets to take off their blindfold and spray the other person (not in the face - too many wear contacts).
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