Games

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THIS IS A GUIDELINE ABOUT HOW TO RUN GAMES WITHIN A LESSON. 

IN THIS MODULE YOU WILL FIND

1. FOCUS & MEMORY GAMES

2. COORDINATION GAMES

3. ACTIVE GAMES

4. TEAM GAMES

5. RELAXATION / QUIET GAMES 

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1. FOCUS & MEMORY GAMES

YOGA TIC TAC TOE

Place 9 hula hoops on the floor (3×3) to create a grid. Divide the group in 2 and give one yoga pose to each group. Kids will make the pose in a hula hoop, one by one. They have to get a line (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) of 3 people from the same group.

I WENT TO THE YOGA CLASS

Kids sit in a circle. The first one stand up in the middle and say “I went to the yoga class (or to flying yogis) and I learned” … (say and make a pose). Second child will repeat the first kid pose and add one. Keep going trying to remember all the previous poses.

SOLDIERS

Kids stand on the beam firm as a soldier. Remind them to squeeze, legs, belly, arms, etc. 

Teacher or other kid will push them, softly first, from the back with a bolster or a fit ball.

Who lasts the longest on the beam will be the winner.

2. COORDINATION GAMES

TOGA

What is needed? 3 Hula Hoops & Cotton Balls.

Form 2 groups who each stand at their hoop (equal distance away from the cotton balls in the 3rd hoop). They have to use their toes to pick up as many cotton balls and bring them back to their hoop while hopping.

Variations: Pick up the balls with chopsticks for ninja-theme. Could also be a relay race.

FEATHER GAME

What is needed? Feathers

Each child gets a feather, hold the feather in the air as you look up & blow it into the air as high as you can.

Variations:

– Try to catch it 

– Try to catch with 1 hand

– Try to reach the ceiling

COTTON BALL RACE

What is needed? Cotton Balls

Each child gets a cotton ball & all children lie behind a rope/line. At the same time they blow the cotton ball as far away as they can.

Variations:

Put masking tape on the floor in a zig-zag or crazy pattern & they have to try to blow cotton ball along the line

BALLOON LIMBS

What is needed? 1 balloon per child

Each child gets a balloon that they have to hit in the air using the body part you call out, without letting it touch the floor (e.g. hand, foot, head, elbow, shoulder, nose, knee etc)

WALKING (ON BEAM) WITH OBSTACLES

Kids sit on the beam leaving a gap between each other. The first child will walk along the beam stepping over the obstacles without falling down.

HOOP WAVE

Stand up in a circle and hold hands. Place one hoop on a child’s arm and pass it to the next person without releasing their hands.

Variation: do it on the beam

3. ACTIVE GAMES

MUSICAL BODY PARTS 

What is needed? A speaker

Children dance/bear walk/hop etc. to the music. When the music stops you call out 2 or 3 body parts & they have to put that body part somewhere in studio you call out.

Variations: Musical colours (call out a body part or yoga pose on one color) – Musical Yogis (call out a yoga pose and freeze.

STUCK IN THE MUD

What is needed? A speaker

They have to bear walk around the room without getting tipped. Once a child gets tipped, they have to freeze in downward dog until they have been ‘freed’ by another player who has to crawl underneath them.

Variations:

Tippers can change with each round, sample with the activity & freeze pose.  

– Hopping, crab walking etc. 

– Triangle pose etc.

RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT

1 person stands out the front & yells out a colour. The first person to touch the person out the front wins & becomes the new traffic light. Red = stop, Green = go, Yellow = slow

Variations:

Add more coloured lights 

  • Purple = bunny hops
  • Blue = bear walk
  • etc

NUTBUSH PLAN CHALLENGE

This is a challenge that involves doing movements with legs and arms while holding a perfect plank shape.

Ideal for tweens and teens, this is a great excercise to warm up and work on the core strenght.

Music: Nutbush City Limits by Ike & Tina Turner

PARACHUTE

What is needed? Parachute & small balls

– Holding the handles, shake the parachute (big & small waves) 

– Lift the parachute up & wave or run underneath to the other side 

– Run into the middle while holding parachute high (mushroom) 

– Make a cubby house while sitting underneath on the edge of the parachute.

– Put small balls on top & shake them around

– Washing Machine: half of the kids sit on the parachute, in the middle and the other kids make them spin. Swap groups

4. TEAM GAMES

BALL GAMES: split the group into 2 or 3 teams & get them to stand in a straight line behind one another to play a team ball game. 

– Over under; side to side; tunnel ball; 

 

TEAM TUNNEL: split the group into 2 or 3 teams & get them to stand in a straight line behind one another while they are all in the same pose. One at a time the person from the front has to crawl through the tunnel and join the chain at the back, continue until all children have had a turn. 

-Warrior poses, triangle, bridge, table, star.

RELAY RACES: split the group into 2 or 3 teams & get them to stand in a straight line behind one another at one side of the room. One at a time the person from the front has to go to the other side of the room and back completing a skill before the next person goes, continue until all children have had a turn. 

– Running, hopping, skipping, jumping, wheelbarrow, etc. 

DOWNWARD DOG RELAY

Each team forms a line while in downward dog, the person at the front crawls underneath everyone & joins doing downward dog at the back of the line… Continue until everyone has crawled underneath & leader is back at the front.

Variations: spiderman handstand relay

LEAP FROG

This is a good game to play in a busy class. Can make 2 or 3 teams if the group is big.

Great to learn body awareness and cooperation.

Can make variations: ex, cartwheels.

BLINDFOLDED CIRCUIT

Create a circuit using blocks, bolsters, hoops, beam, etc and ask kids to work with a partner. One of them will be blindfolded and  the partner will guide them trough the obstacles. Then swap.

Can talk about cooperation and respect before starting.

5. QUIET GAMES / RELAXATION

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

All children spread out around the room and freeze in a gym or yoga shape. One nightguard walks around the room to look for people moving. When the nightguard isn’t looking, you can change positions, but don’t get caught or you will be out!

Variations: Frozen Yogis (make yoga posses). 

MURDER WINK

All kids sit in a circle and one go to a side room while the teacher picks the murderer. The guesser comes back to the main room and stands in the middle of the circle trying to find out who is the murderer that will be “killing” people looking and winking them.

 

PATTERN GAME

All kids sit in a circle and one goes to a side room while the teacher picks the pattern leader. The guesser come back to the main room and stands in the middle of the circle trying to find out who is the leader that will be doing different patterns with hands/face and all kids copying him/her.

INDIVIDUAL COUNT: each child has to lie down with their eyes closed like a meditation and count to 60. Meanwhile you use a timer to count to 60. When they think the time is up they sit/stand and see the time. Winner gets the closest to 60 seconds on the timer. 

GROUP COUNT: sit/lie around the room with faces to the ground. One at a time the group has to count as high as they can (1, 2, 4, 5 …) without speaking over one another. (Rules: children cant say 2 numbers in a row). 

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