Babies Walkers to 2 2s to 3s 3s to 4s

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.

Equipment required

Eggs and spoons, beanbags, buckets, balloons

Training Video

Sport Knowledge of the world general advice from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

team games from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Duration

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.

Balloon Pass
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.