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Hula Hoop

Comfort Circles

Students stand in the hula hoop. Teacher lists activities and items; the closer to the center, the more comfortable they are with the activity/item given.

 

Islands

Like musical chairs, students mill around the room while music is playing. When the music stops, they must find an island (rope circles on the floor/ hula hoop) to stand on. You can take islands away or leave them.

 

Loop the Hoop

Players hold hands in a circle with a hoop hanging over a pair of hands between two people. On teacher’s signal, the group passes the hoop around the circle without letting any hands go.

 

Stargate

Class must get in a circle and hold hands with a hula hoop on the arms of 2 students. The group must work together to get everyone through the hula hoop without touching it (or having the least number of touches possible).

Noodle (4)

Wamp’um

Students make a circle with their chairs or desks. One student stands in the middle with the piece of the pool noodle. The student in the center of the circle will start by calling out a person’s name in the circle. The person whose name they call has to call out another student’s name before they are “womped” by the student in the middle. The pattern keeps going until someone is hit.

Balance Beam

Balance Beam

Each student will place their items on the balance beam. If the beam hits the ground at any time, all items must be removed and the process must start over.

Lego pieces (loose and prearranged)

Lego Challenge

Students sit back to back in pairs. One student looks at a simple Lego creation and must try and get his/her partner to make the same creation by describing what they see.

Gym Squares (lettered A-Z)

Don’t Break the Ice

Students lay foam pads inside a circle and have to step onto the foam pads without stepping on the ground. Students then step out of the circle and remove a foam pad. Continually repeat steps, removing one pad and moving one pad each time, until the group breaks the ice or the activity can no longer continue.

 

Landmine

Students are paired up. One partner is blindfolded and the other must navigate them from one end of a “minefield” to the other without stepping on a “landmine”.

 

Moonball

Students spread out and place their marker on the ground. Students have to remain on their foam square as a beach ball is passed. Students must keep the beach ball off the ground.

 

Traffic Jam

Nine squares are set up in a line on the floor. Leave the center spot free. There are two teams of 4 that occupy the other 8 the spots. The objective is for the 4 students on one team to switch places with the 4 students on the other team.

Small throwables (stuffed animals, balls, etc)

Asteroids

Students will toss throwables at other students. When a student is hit, he/she is “out” and must kneel down. The objects may be retrieved and re-thrown. The goal is to be the last person standing.

 

Balance Beam

Each student will place their items on the balance beam. If the beam hits the ground at any time, all items must be removed and the process must start over.

 

Blind Minefield

Participants operate in pairs.  One person is blind-folded (or keeps eyes closed) and cannot talk (optional).  The other person can see and talk, but cannot enter the field or touch the person. Distribute "mines" e.g., objects such as bowling pins, cones, foam noodles, or classroom objects such as books, chairs, etc. The challenge is for each blind-folded person to walk from one side of the field to the other, avoiding the "mines", by listening to the verbal instructions of their partners.

 

Left/Right Group Juggle

Students stand in a circle and meet (or verify) the person to their right and their left. Students move to another place in the circle so that they are standing next to two completely different people.

Teacher takes the red ball and tells students that the red ball should be thrown to the person who was originally standing on their right. Also, they should call out the name of the person as they throw the ball to him/her. Continue this pattern until all the balls are being thrown around the circle.

 

Try to Catch This

Quick activity. Select student volunteers that stand a few feet away. Say, “I’m going to ask you to try to catch this.” Easily throw the object to volunteer. Ask the other students, “Was he/she successful?”   On the third attempt, throw the object over your shoulder so that is impossible to catch. Again ask the other students, “Was he /she successful?” Ask students to defend their answers.

Wuzzles (word puzzles on note cards)

Wuzzles

Spread out the cards on a desk, table or any flat surface so that all the cards are visible. Students will attempt to guess the meaning of all of the given Wuzzles in 5 minutes or whatever time the advisor sets.

Kidney Beans

Picture Perfect

Write on note cards the names of 20 simple objects (cowboy hat, igloo, broom, snowman, etc) that players will create using beans.

Break group into 2 teams, and have them line up to the right of their table. Without talking the first student must make a picture of the word using beans. The other students try to guess and then a new word is given to a different student.

PVC Piping pieces

Pipeline

Lay all of the different sized balls/marbles on the floor.

Set up a cup approximately 20 feet away. Have students choose several random pieces of PVC piping. Students must transfer the balls across the course and into the mug.

 

Pipe man

Using several pipe pieces and connectors, the group is to build a complete, self-standing pipe person with a head, two arms and two legs. OR Using all of the pipe pieces and connectors, the group is to build a continuous pipe structure with no open ends.

Blue Tarp

All Aboard

Students need to arrange themselves on the tarp so that they are on the area for 5 seconds with no body parts on the ground.

 

Change Over

Students stand together on tarp. They must turn the tarp completely over and remain standing on it the entire time.

 

Tarp Tricks

There are a variety of games you can play with the tarps. Each variation takes about 10 minutes each.

 

Water Tarp

The class moves a cup of water, on top of the tarp, to a new location, without spilling the water.

Playing Cards

Card Castles

Divide group into teams of 4-6. Give each team a set of 100 index cards (or 2 decks) to build a castle in 20 minutes, using all of the cards.

 

Mafia Madness

Students are given specific roles with the objective being to eliminate the opposite group. This group game involves lots of strategy, knowing how and when to reveal your identity, who to trust, etc.

Bag of small plastic toys

Bag of Skits

Fill bags with miscellaneous items. Divide into groups of 4-6. Ask each team to develop and perform a three-minute skit using all materials in their bag.

Blindfolds (11)

Blind Minefield

Participants operate in pairs.  One person is blind-folded (or keeps eyes closed) and cannot talk (optional).  The other person can see and talk, but cannot enter the field or touch the person.

Distribute "mines" e.g., objects such as bowling pins, cones, foam noodles, or classroom objects such as books, chairs, etc.

The challenge is for each blind-folded person to walk from one side of the field to the other, avoiding the "mines", by listening to the verbal instructions of their partners.

 

Blind Polygon

Tie rope together at the ends to form a large circle. Each student holds onto a section of rope. All students close their eyes and form a geometric shape (square, rectangle, polygon, circle, etc) by reconfiguring themselves. They must do this blindfolded.

 

Jungle Trek

Your team is trapped in the jungle, and the natives have set traps to catch you. If you stay off the ground, you won’t “spring” any traps and can safely reach the beach to get help. If one person springs a trap, the whole group must return to the start.

The group must cross the jungle (the board, mat, taped area, etc) together.

 

Landmine

Students are paired up. One partner is blindfolded and the other must navigate them from one end of a “minefield” to the other without stepping on a “landmine”

 

Picasso’s Prism

Poster with different shapes is put on the wall. Three volunteers are blindfolded and given one marker. Blindfolded students must color in sections of the sheet, guided only by verbal coaching from   remainder of the group; take turns and work in groups of three until entire sheet is filled.

Small Check-in/Debrief articles

Keys

Check-Ins: Used at the beginning of (or during) an activity to gauge understanding, attitude or progress.

Debriefs: Used at the end of an activity to gauge attitude, effectiveness, etc.

 

Monkeys

Check-Ins: Used at the beginning of (or during) an activity to gauge understanding, attitude or progress.

Debriefs: Used at the end of an activity to gauge attitude, effectiveness, etc.

 

Movie Quotes

Check-Ins: Used at the beginning of (or during) an activity to gauge understanding, attitude or progress.

Debriefs: Used at the end of an activity to gauge attitude, effectiveness, etc.

 

Paint Chips

Check-Ins: Used at the beginning of (or during) an activity to gauge understanding, attitude or progress.

Debriefs: Used at the end of an activity to gauge attitude, effectiveness, etc.

 

Pipe cleaners

Check-Ins: Used at the beginning of (or during) an activity to gauge understanding, attitude or progress.

Debriefs: Used at the end of an activity to gauge attitude, effectiveness, etc.

 

Various colors/lengths of rope

Check-Ins: Used at the beginning of (or during) an activity to gauge understanding, attitude or progress.

Debriefs: Used at the end of an activity to gauge attitude, effectiveness, etc.

 

Small plastic toys

Check-Ins: Used at the beginning of (or during) an activity to gauge understanding, attitude or progress.

Debriefs: Used at the end of an activity to gauge attitude, effectiveness, etc.

 

Shapes/Pictures

Check-Ins: Used at the beginning of (or during) an activity to gauge understanding, attitude or progress.

Debriefs: Used at the end of an activity to gauge attitude, effectiveness, etc.

Medium sized super balls

Group Juggle

Students stand in a circle and throw a ball to each other. Once a pattern is set, add more balls. See how many you can “juggle” without messing up your pattern.

Assorted ropes

Blind Polygon

Tie rope together at the ends to form a large circle. Each student holds onto a section of rope. All students close their eyes and form a geometric shape (square, rectangle, polygon, circle, etc) by reconfiguring themselves. They must do this blindfolded.

 

Comfort Circles

Students stand in a bulls-eye. Teacher lists activities and items; the closer to the center, the more comfortable they are with the activity/item given.

 

Don’t Break the Ice

Students lay foam pads inside a circle and have to step onto the foam pads without stepping on the ground. Students then step out of the circle and remove a foam pad. Continually repeat steps, removing one pad and moving one pad each time, until the group breaks the ice or the activity can no longer continue.

 

Islands

Like musical chairs, students mill around the room while music is playing. When the music stops, they must find an island (rope circles on the floor) to stand on. You can take islands away or leave them each round.

 

Landmine

Students are paired up. One partner is blindfolded and the other must navigate them from one end of a “minefield” to the other without stepping on a “landmine”

 

Keychain

Knot seven ropes to each other. Tie one additional rope so that it is looped through all of the others and knotted Arrange the ropes on a flat surface in the fashion of a key ring holding keys.The group tries to determine which rope is connected to all of the other ones, without touching or moving any of the ropes.

 

Keypunch Calculator

Students run to a circle that has numbers scattered in it. They must touch all the numbers in order without one person touching two in a row and then run back to the starting point. The object is to do it as fast as possible. Add twists (certain people are even or odd only etc).

 

Mute Polygon

Tie rope together at the ends to form a large circle. Each student holds onto a section of rope. All students form a geometric shape (square, rectangle, polygon, circle, etc) by reconfiguring themselves. They must do this without talking.

 

 

Race Car Ropes

Students form a circle with the rope, each putting two hands on it while it’s held at waist level. Tell the student who has the knot between their hands that the knot is the racecar. Ask students how long it will take them to get the racecar all the way around the circle. (There are multiple ways this can be achieved: sliding the knot between students, holding the rope and running around the circle, etc.)

 

Ropes Reflection

Students will evaluate their first month of school by using the ropes as a means of expressing their feelings about it.

 

Shrinking Ship

Form the largest possible circle with the rope (the “shrinking ship”) and ask everyone to stand inside it. All feet must stay within the perimeter for at least 15 seconds.

 

Toxic Waste

The challenge is to move the toxic waste contents to the "neutralization" container using minimal equipment and maintaining a safe distance within a time limit.

 

Turnstile

Students have to go through a jump rope turned by either 2 students or the advisors. There is a pattern that they must follow while getting through but they must figure it out on their own. If the pattern is wrong, the rope stops turning and they must start over.

Beach Balls (3)

Moonball

Students spread out and place their marker on the ground. Students have to remain on their foam square as a beach ball is passed. Students must keep the beach ball off the ground.

Small stuffed dogs w/coins

Dog Catcher

Dog Catcher may seem complicated, but it’s easy and kids will enjoy it. The object of the game is to be promoted from the dog catcher to the boss within your own team, and to catch more dogs than the opposing team.

 

Tarp Tricks

There are a variety of games you can play with the tarps. Each variation takes about 10 minutes each.

 

Up Nelson

Students are in two teams sitting in lines across from each other. They must pass (or appear to pass an object under the table within their team. When prompted by the other team, they must lay their hands on the table and the other team must guess who has the coin.

Small balls (golf balls, bouncy balls)

Pipeline

Lay all of the different sized balls/marbles on the floor.

Set up a cup approximately 20 feet away. Have students choose several random pieces of PVC piping. Students must transfer the balls across the course and into the mug.

Marbles/ stones

Pipeline

Lay all of the different sized balls/marbles on the floor.

Set up a cup approximately 20 feet away. Have students choose a random piece of PVC piping. Students must transfer the balls across the course and into the mug.

Laminated letters

“JUSToneWORD”

Students must unscramble the letters and create “just one word.” They will think they are to spell a single word, but in reality must spell the phrase “just one word.”

Jenga

Jenga

Stack the wood blocks into a tower without letting it fall.

Laminated words

Word Circles

Team members must form a circle using the words provided. Each word must connect somehow to the word before and after it.

Laminated movie quotes

Movie Quotes

Spread out movie quotes on the table. Ask students to pick a quote that represents how they feel about certain things. (It can be used as a debrief or you can give them various things to describe)

 

Laminated picture book pages

Story Board

Using the pictures provided, put the story in order.

Geometric shapes

Color Blind

Small groups sit in a circle, and each group member is blindfolded or closes his or her eyes. The teacher withholds two, and then distributes the remaining shapes to the blindfolded group members. Without looking, group members take turns describing the shapes to their teammates and determine the missing shape.

Small Foam Squares (#’d)

Keypunch Calculator

Students run to a circle that has numbers scattered in it. They must touch all the numbers in order without one person touching two in a row and then run back to the starting point. The object is to do it as fast as possible. Add twists (certain people are even or odd only etc).

Play money

Up Nelson

Students are in two teams sitting in lines across from each other. They must pass (or appear to pass) an object under the table within their team. When prompted by the other team, they must lay their hands on the table and the other team must guess who has the coin.

Story of Life Laminated Pictures

Story of Life

Using the pictures provided, put the life events in the order of when they happen.

Balloons

Balloon Juggle

Give each student a balloon and ask them to inflate it and tie it off.

Challenge participants to keep all balloons (1+ per person) in the air. Once they've got the hang of it, make it harder by adding in more balloons or placing restrictions e.g., no hands to keep balloons up. 

 

Balloon Trolley

Each person is given a balloon and instructed to blow-up and tie the balloon. The group must then stand in a line, one following the other and place the balloons between themselves. W/o holding the balloons with hands or arms, the group attempts to move to a new location, keeping the balloons between the bodies.

Large Foam Dice

Dice Tag

Divide students into 2 teams: EVENS & ODDS. Throw out 1 of the dice. If it is even, the EVENS are “It” and they have to tag the ODDS, and vice versa. Now throw out two of the dice. If the sum of the dice is even, the EVENS are “it.”Continue using different combinations of dice and mathematic equations to determine who is “it.”

Dice (regular size)

Polar Bears and Ice Holes

Gather group in a circle around a table or on the floor. Tell the group that you belong to a club called the “Polar Bear” Club, and anyone who figures out the secret code can join too. Roll the dice, the group must figure how many Polar Bears are before them. The trick is that an ice hole is a dot in the center (the position of the dot on the 1 face) of the die; the Polar Bears are any dots surrounding the center dot. Any die that does not have an “ice hole” does not have Polar Bears.

Buckets

Toxic Waste

The challenge is to move the toxic waste contents to the "neutralization" container using minimal equipment and maintaining a safe distance within a time limit.

Oversized Elsatic

Toxic Waste

The challenge is to move the toxic waste contents to the "neutralization" container using minimal equipment and maintaining a safe distance within a time limit.

Chicken, Worms and Colonel Sanders Cards

Colonel Sanders

The object is to get all the colonels standing next to each other, all the chickens next to each other and all the worms next to each other.

Tent Pole

Helium Pole

Explain that the pole you are holding has special properties and will float away. The goal of this activity is to lower the pole to the ground. Everyone must stand in two parallel lines, facing each other. Everyone must keep their two pointer fingers touching the pole at all times, and no other body parts may touch the pole at any time

 

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