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Games

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THIS IS A GUIDELINE ABOUT HOW TO RUN GAMES WITHIN OUR HOLIDAY PROGRAMS 

IN THIS MODULE YOU WILL FIND

1. INDOOR/OUTDOOR GAMES

2. QUIET GAMES

3. OTHER ACTIVITIES

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1. INDOOR/OUTDOOR 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.

NO SUITABLE FOR OUTDOORS

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.

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

NO SUITABLE FOR OUTDOORS

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

NO SUITABLE FOR OUTDOORS

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)

NO SUITABLE FOR OUTDOORS

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

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; 

 

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

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. 

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.

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

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

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.

 

OUTDOORS: CAN USE PLAYGROUND AT THE PARK

HANDSTAND COMPETITION

The kids all spread out & do their handstands according to the teachers instructions. Each round can be different winner: 

– Neatest handstand, longest handstand, longest handstand walking. 

You can also change the type of handstand: 

– Half handstand, full handstand, spaghetti, banana, diamond

2. 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). 

3. OTHER ACTIVITIES

HOPS

– Try to hula hoop as long as you can 

– Try to spin hula hoop on arm & swap arms

– Try to spin hula hoop around foot 

– Try to spin hula hoop around neck 

– Try to throw hula hoop in air & catch 

– Try to throw hula hoop on floor & make it come back to you

SKIPPING

– Try to skip as long as you can

– Try to skip & run around the room 

– Try to criss-cross or spin the rope backwards 

– Try to double spin the rope while jumping 

– Try to skip with the long yellow rope, try to run in/ out

 

BEAN BAG ROWS

The kids have to complete a series of rows with the bean bags

– Jumping forwards & backwards with bean bags in between ankles

– Tuck jumps with bean bag in between knees

– Crab walking with bean bag on tummy

– Bunny hops with bean bag in between knees

– Bear walk with bean bag balancing on bottom

ACRO

Try to teach a bunch of acro poses in pairs or groups.

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