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Multicultural Game Station


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Here are some game stations that you can use to tie into your school’s multicultural lessons.
Submitted by  Meredith Barringer from Rolesville, North Carolina.   K-5 


Background: Many schools celebrate the rich diversity by having a multicultural week, month, or day. In our physical education program, we have found it easy to integrate these multicultural themes by playing games from different countries in an activity station format. The class is divided into groups of 6-8 players with each group assigned to a station. Here are examples of the stations we use with our students.

Station #1: Chase the Dragon’s Tail
Countries of Origin: China and Nigeria (Catch Your Tail)

Directions: The students get in a line, which becomes the dragon.  Each player holds on tight to the shoulders of the player in front of them.  The first player in line, the head, tries to catch the last player, the tail.  When the head manages to catch the tail, the student playing the head leaves the game to rest as the tail becomes the new head.  This continues until two players are left. When this happens, the game starts all over again.

Station #2: Leap Frog
Countries of Origin: Belgium, Netherlands, France

Directions: Divide into two teams.  One team is identified as the “frogs.” Each player on this team stands in a line and bends over holding onto his knees or ankles.  The second team, the “leapers,” line up and tries to jump over all of the “frogs.” Once all of the “leapers” have had a turn jumping over the “frogs,” the teams reverse roles and play the game again.  Points are given for each successful leap.

Station #3: Cat and Mice
Country of Origin: Philippines

Directions: The players choose a leader, the cat. The other players, the mice, sit in a semi-circle in front of the seated cat. Piled in front of the cat are treasures, objects such as stones, sticks, balls, leaves, or flowers. The cat guards the treasures while the mice try to divert the cat’s attention and steal one or more of the treasures and toss them behind a shoulder before being tagged by the cat. If tagged, the treasure goes back to the cat. When all the treasures are stolen, the game can start again with a new cat.

Station #4: Toli
Countries of Origin: North America – Native American

Equipment:Flag football belts, cones to mark the two goals, a medium sized ball.

Directions: Divide into two teams – offense and defense. All players have flag football belts. The object of this game is for the offense to pass the ball (called the towa) from player to player to score. Like lacrosse, the object of the game is to throw the ball into the designated goal.  To move the ball, you can run with it or pass it to a team mate. The ball changes possession if: (1) the offensive player with the ball has his/her belt pulled by a defensive player or runs out of bounds, or (2) the ball is intercepted or thrown out of bounds. After each goal, the ball is brought back to midfield and tossed up in the midst of a circle of players. At the end of the game the team with the most points wins. Note: In the real game of Toli the defense was allowed to tackle the player with the ball and players used a stick basket (like lacrosse).

Station #5: Quilles
Country of Origin France

Directions: This activity is very similar to bowling. Hang a rope with a ball attached so that it will touch the floor. Place five pins on the floor. Each player takes a turn to swing the rope and tries to knock down as many pins as possible. For each outer pin knocked down score 2 points. The inner pin is worth l0 points

Additional Games: Here are two other games that we have used.

Name: Net (Sepak) Takraw
Country of Origin:Thailand

Directions: Divide the group into two teams. Each team stands on one side of the court devided by a low net. Net takraw is like volleyball except that you can’t use your hands (it involves using feet, heads, legs and chests). Use a gatorskin ball or other suitable object. To score, the other team must not not return the ball.  The first team to win two sets of 7 points wins the match.

Name: Blindfold Horse Race
Country of Origin: Nigeria

Directions: This is an interesting partner obstacle course activity. One of the partners is the “horse” who wears a blindfold to cover their eyes.  The blindfolded person gets down on the ground like a horse.  The other partner sits on the “horse.” The “rider” has to direct the “horse” around the obstacle course without talking.  The rider does this by gently tapping on the horse’s right or left shoulder to indicate how to move. If the horse runs into something, he has to stop and whinny before starting again.  The object of this activity is to finish the obstacle course in the shortest time.

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