- September 30, 2017 at 1:37 PM #37637
I am on the look out for easy outdoor (or gym) games for recess with early elementary students. I feel like we are in a rut and play the same few games over and over. Share some of your tried and true favorites, especially those that involve lots of running with simple rules.
- September 30, 2017 at 3:50 PM #37638
Octopus comes to mind. This is a tag game in which caught people stay where they were caught and try to tag others, who then likewise try to catch others, etc. I always liked it.
Soccer is a big hit with our school’s elementary boys right now.
- October 6, 2017 at 11:59 PM #37901
With slight modification, many simple running games can be altered for variety. For example, the simple game of dare base (four base or single base or whatever you call it) has multiple variations. The game can begin with as few as two bases or with as many bases as you have players. If you begin with several people on each team, each team can be given two bases, on opposite sides of the field, from which to operate (and protect). Students can leave the base in pairs or groups of three—and be immune from being tagged except by another pair or threesome. “Bacon” (rubber playground disks) can be added in front of each base to add a stealing element to the game (runners can either tag opponents or steal bacon to add to their team’s collection). See Wikipedia article on “Darebase” for additional ideas.
Similar modifications can be made to Prisoner’s base or other running games. Children can be invited to brainstorm their own modifications to create new forms of games.
- October 7, 2017 at 5:51 PM #37902
Younger and older students enjoy playing a running game of “21.” 1-2 people are “it.” When someone is tagged they go to the middle of the play area and wait until another individual comes and frees them by counting to 21 without also getting tagged. Could be adapted to count to 10 or 15 for younger students.
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