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Here is a collection of nine great games sent in by Kevin Tiller from Sanbornville, New Hampshire.  

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Background: Here’s a collection of nine great games guaranteed to keep all of your students moving! I’ve divided them into three categories:

(1) Games for the Game Lover in You!
(2) Games to Get You Going!
(3) “Off the Wall” Games

Games for the Game Lover in You!
(1) CONNECT FOUR: This is a great multi-age game that can be played at all grade levels, kindergarten to 8th grade.

Equipment Needed:
- 4 pinnies

How We Play It: Select four students to be the taggers. The rest of the class scatters in the playing area (i.e., gym). When a person is tagged, he joins hands with the tagger to make a group of two. The object of the game is to be the first group who is able to “connect four” by getting four players. When this happens, select four new students to be the taggers and start a new game.

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(2) SORRY: This is another fun tag game for students in grades 5-8.

Equipment Needed:

- 4 hula hoops (red, blue, yellow, green)
- 16 Pinnies (4 red, 4 blue, 4 yellow, 4 green)
- 50 small objects (yarn balls, bean bags, etc.)

 

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How We Play It: Place the four different colored hula hoops in the corners of the gym or playing area. There are four teams with four students. The students wear the same colored pinnies. All of the extra students are the taggers and are given 2-3 small objects to start the game.

On your signal, taggers try to tag those wearing the pinnies. When a player is tagged, the tagger puts the small object into that team’s hoop. Play for 1-2 minutes. The object of the game is to be the team with the fewest number of objects in their hula hoops. Play several rounds.

(3) HUNGRY HIPPOS: This is a great “non-stop action” game. We have used it successfully at all grade levels.

Equipment Needed:

- 100+ Balls, all shapes and sizes

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How We Play It: Divide the class into groups of 2-3 students. Each group has a hula hoop as shown above. Scatter all the balls on the floor. On your signal, the first student in each group runs to a ball and attempts to pick it up with their elbows only. The student returns to the group’s hoop and places the ball inside.

When this happens, the next person in line runs out into the playing area and does the same. When all the balls are gone, each team counts up the number of balls they have collected. The object of the game is to be the team with the most balls in the hoop.

Games to Get You Going!
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(1) SPINNERCISE: This game works well with students in grades 5-8. A fun type of “Hot Potato” Tag.

Equipment Needed:

- 100+ Poker Chips
- One Deck Ring (Spinner)

How We Play It: Select 5-6 students to be the taggers. The rest of the students scatter about the playing area. On the teacher’s signal, the taggers try to tag the other students while the deck ring is spinning.

If a person is tagged, he changes places with the tagger. When the deck ring stops spinning (or when 30 seconds is up) the game stops. Players who are not one of the taggers, get a poker chip from the teacher. Begin the game again. Who will get the most chips?

(2) NEW NUMBER NOW: Another neat game for upper elementary students in grades 4-6.

Equipment Needed:

- Numbered poly spots (1-12)
- A pair of numbered dice

How We Play It: One or two students are selected to be the Searchers. The rest of the students stand on one of the numbered poly spots that are placed on the gym floor.

The Searchers roll the dice. The number that appears is the number that the searchers are trying to find. The Searchers go from student to student, tapping a player on the shoulder and asking to see the number.

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If it is the number that was rolled, that person yells out “NEW NUMBER NOW!” All of the students on the spots and the Searchers run and quickly touch five numbered spots in a row. The last one or two players to be on a spot become the new Searchers.

(3) TP Tag: This is an interesting cooperative partner game that has been successful in grades 5-8.

Equipment Needed:

- A roll of toilet paper (divided into equal lengths of about a foot long)

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How We Play It: Select 2-3 students to be the taggers. The rest of the students have a partner. Each pair of students is given a length of toilet paper about a foot long. The toilet paper is held between the two partners. On the teacher’s signal, the taggers try to “cut” the toilet paper that is held between the two players.

When the toilet paper is cut, the two players continue playing by holding the longest piece of toilet paper between them. The pair with the longest piece of toilet paper at the end of the game is the winner.

“Off the Wall” Games
(1) CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP: What happens when you “cook up” a game using rubber chickens and foam pool noodles? You get chicken noodle soup! For grades 5-8.

Equipment Needed:

- Foam noodles, one per student
- Six rubber chickens
- Six foam pins
- Four gatorskin balls

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How We Play It: Divide the class into two teams. Each team is placed on one side of the gym. On each side of the gym are three rubber chickens placed on foam pins. Each student is given a noodle that they hold to make a “U” shape. This is used to hit the gatorskins balls towards the other team’s chickens. The object of the game is to be the first team to knock down the other team’s three chickens.

(2) PLUNGER BALL: This game is like “Steal the Bacon” with a twist! For grades 5-8.

Equipment Needed:

- Plungers (two per game)
- Toilet paper roll that has been wrapped with clear packaging tape (one per game)

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How We Play It: Divide the class into several teams of 6-8 player each. Make as many teams as your space can accomodate. The students stand facing each other and are numbered as shown. Each team has a plunger. The roll of toilet paper is placed in the center of the court.

When a number is called by the teacher, that student on each team runs out, picks up the plunger, and tries to hit the roll of toilet paper past the other team who now are the goalies. A goal is worth one point. The plunger must remain below waist level; if it does not, the other team is automatically awarded the point. The object of the game is to be the team who scores the most points.

(3) TEAR THE TP: Still have a few rolls of toilet paper left over? Try this “off the wall” game with your older students.

Equipment Needed:

- Two volleyball standards and 4 cones
- Rolls of toilet paper
- Foam balls, foam frisbees, etc.
- Stopwatch

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How We Play It: Divide the class into two teams. Team A starts off as the Defenders. They use one roll of toilet paper and wrap it around the two volleyball standards. The players on Team B are the Throwers. Their job is to throw the foam balls/foam frisbees across the gym to tear the toilet paper from the two volleyball standards. Team A can knock down or deflect the balls as long as they keep out of the space marked by the four cones. Team B is timed to see how long it takes to knock down the toilet paper. When this is accomplished, the two teams switch roles. The object of the game is to be the team who is able to defend the “goal” for the longest period of time.

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