Penguins in the Antarctic or Ducks in Spring Puddles.
Beginner relay game for ages 3-6. (But do this with any age and it’s pretty funny.)
Physical Skills Practiced: Gross motor, leg strength, balance and tracking
Social Skills Reinforced: Teamwork; patience with self and others, encouragement, taking turns
How to play: Teachers! This is simple.
Older kids: To make this more difficult and silly, add rules like, “You must be on tip-toes on your way TO the line and you must hop on two feet FROM the line. If the ball drops you must run back and start that side over again.”
Coach, Teacher, Mentor Note: When I was in school and asked to do something silly, like this physical game, I enjoyed it, as long as I felt supported. If I didn’t, it was awful. Being asked to do a movement activity in front of your peers, as a self-conscious kid is difficult, and what makes it worse is that you probably either put yourself at the end of the line or were sort of shuffled there by default.
Being the last in line means, if your team is in last place, the game will be ‘over’ and you will have to complete the task with no one cheering. So, you either drop out and don’t have the opportunity to do the exercise, or are told to finish it. You continue in silence, or to the noise of others’ excited chatter as they line up at the water fountain. Talk about feeling alone! It may seem over the top that I put this thought here, but bringing every student to the finish line, down to the last one, is everything for that student. Even older students who seem disengaged from an activity, are simply protecting themselves. Remember, every student is someone’s whole world. That’s an amazing reality.