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Overview and benefit
Children learn about the spirit of sportsmanship by participating in some fun team games. They will learn about winning an losing and cooperating in a task with a group.
Eggs and spoons, beanbags, buckets, balloons
Up to three weeks
How it works
Choose from the following team games or invent your own
- Egg and Spoon Relay
- Bean Bag Relay
- Balloon Pass
- Duck Duck Goose
What to do in the class
Playing co-operative games with very young children will be a challenge, Explain the adults that you realise this, but it is something that the children can learn with a little patience and support from them. The more on-board the adult helpers are with the more likely the children will succeed.
Egg and Spoon Relay
Divide the children into pairs, stand one of each pair on opposite ends of the room, first child carries the egg on the spoon to the second child, who carries it back to the start again to win.
Bean Bag Relay
Divide into teams of two or three. Children must walk to the end of the hall and back balancing a bean bag on their head and pass to the next team member. When all team members have had a go the team sits down to win.
Divide the class in half. Get each team to stand in a row with each adult beside their child to assist them. The front person has a balloon which they must pass down the line. When it reaches the back, the back person runs to the front. If the adult has more that one child they can move as a family. One the original people are at the front the game is won.
Duck Duck Goose
Seat the class in a circle, someone is picked to be ‘it’. With the support of the adult the child must walk around the circle touching each child’s head saying Duck or Goose. If the child says Goose, then the child that is touched must run around the circle being chased by the original child until they get back to their space. The second child then takes over. NB – unlike the original game where the child must be caught to take over it is better to give as many children as possible a turn at running around.
Adaptations for older/younger children
Adult support is key even for older children
What to do in a nursery setting
Try to enlist some staff to assist with the game play, or alternatively stick with simpler games like musical bumps.