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.
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).
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.