Here is a collection of nine great games sent in by Kevin Tiller from Sanbornville, New Hampshire.
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
- 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.
- 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.)
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.
- 100+ Balls, all shapes and sizes
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.
(1) SPINNERCISE: This game works well with students in grades 5-8. A fun type of “Hot Potato” Tag.
- 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.
- 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.
(3) TP Tag: This is an interesting cooperative partner game that has been successful in grades 5-8.
- A roll of toilet paper (divided into equal lengths of about a foot long)
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.
- Foam noodles, one per student
- Six rubber chickens
- Six foam pins
- Four gatorskin balls
(2) PLUNGER BALL: This game is like “Steal the Bacon” with a twist! For grades 5-8.
- Plungers (two per game)
- Toilet paper roll that has been wrapped with clear packaging tape (one per game)
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.
- Two volleyball standards and 4 cones
- Rolls of toilet paper
- Foam balls, foam frisbees, etc.