Another creative reinterpretation of a game we all know. Divide the group into two teams, and give each team a blanket. Each team should stand around the edge of the blanket, stretching it tight. The “serving” team places the ball on the blanket, loosening then tightening it so that the ball is “thrown” over the net. The other team then uses their blanket to catch the ball and then throw it back. From there, the game is conducted like regular volleyball.
Materials: A volleyball net (or similar) and two large blankets for each team.
Everybody’s IT Tag
A fun spin on the old classic! This game bears a strong resemblance to its obvious relative, Tag. However, instead of having a single “it” trying to tag everyone else, all participants in the game are “it.” In other words, everyone is trying to tag everyone else, without getting tagged themselves. If you get tagged by anyone, you are out and must sit down. If two people tag one another at the same time, it is a tie, and both players continuing playing. The game continues until there is a single person left. Word of warning: This game can get rather drawn out as students purposefully hide from each other to avoid getting tagged. You can avoid this by making the game area smaller as fewer and fewer people remain in play.
A fun, high-energy game to encourage friendly competition and challenge. Each player receives a balloon and an approx. 18 inch piece of string. Have the players blow up and tie off their balloons. Then, instruct them to tie one end of their string to the balloon and the other end around their ankle. When instructed, the players may begin to run around, trying to pop one another’s balloons. Emphasize that this must be done WITHOUT using their hands. If their balloon is popped, or if their balloon comes off the string, that player must sit down. Word of warning: As with Tag, it is a good idea to make the playing area smaller as the game goes on, so that the players cannot drag the game out by avoiding each other. In addition, there is a danger of tripping and falling in this game. Advise players to be careful and watch their speed.
Materials: One balloon for every student and one piece of string or yarn for each person (about 18 inches long)