Circle Peanut Hunt

Grade level: Elementary / Secondary
Players: 12 to 40
Duration: At least 20 minutes

Stimulating group activity to get people together, focused, challenged, having fun and ready for action.  This activity can be performed indoor and outdoor.

  • The participants are first paired with their “pen-pal” correspondent.
  • Participants are divided into groups of six to eight pairs.  Each ground is asked to stand around a circle of 6 to 8 meters in diameter.
  • Each pair chooses a member to be blindfolded.  The other player will serve as her or his guide.
  • Beanbags are scattered about inside the circle.  It is recommended that each pair has an assigned color of beanbag according to what is available ( yellow, green, etc.).
  • When a signal is given, each blindfolded team member gets down on her or his hands and knees and hunts for their beanbag guided by their partner who remains outside the circle.  (Go left, go right, go strait, etc.)  Once a beanbag is found, she or he returns the beanbag to the partner before proceeding in the hunt for the next.
  • The team that find all their beanbags first wins the Beanbag Hunt.

Couple Hobble Relay

Grade level: Elementary
Players: 12 to 40
Duration: At least 30 minutes

Stimulating group activity to get people together, having fun and ready for action.  This activity can be performed indoor and outdoor.

  • The participants are first paired with their “pen-pal” correspondent.
  • Participants are divided into two equal teams.  Each team is asked to stand behind a starting line.
  • A turning line is marked 10 meters away.
  • The first pair stands side by side.  Each player places an arm around the partner’s waist and lifts the outside leg in order to grab her or his ankle with the free hand
  • When a signal is given, the pair hops to toward the turning line and back.  The first pair is then followed by the second pair and so on until each pair on the team completes the journey.
  • The team that completes the action first wins the Hop Relay.

Steal the bacon

Grade level: Elementary / Secondary
Players: 8 to 20
Duration: At least 30 minutes

Stimulating group activity to get people together, focused, challenged, having fun and ready for action. This activity can be performed indoor and outdoor.

  • Participants are divided into two equal teams. Each team is asked to stand on a line facing the other team with about 6 meters between them.
  • The players on each line are numbered (1, 2, 3, etc.)
  • A handkerchief, a ball or some other object is paced in the center between the two lines.
  • The monitor or teacher calls out a number and the payers on each team with that number runs to the center to grab the handkerchief (or object). The player who grabs it then tries to return to his team before being tagged by his opponent.
  • If she or he is successful (returns to her/his line before being tagged), this team wins a point. If she or he is tagged then the other team wins a point.
  • The trick is to develop a better strategy than your opponent in grabbing the handkerchief, adding to the fun.
  • Once the participants are familiar with the activity the monitor or teacher may call out more than one number (5, 3 and 10) and the players on each team with those numbers then race to the center adding more excitement.
  • The first team to reach a set number of points, usually 15, wins.

Three Times Around

Grade level: Elementary
Players: Unlimited
Duration: At least 15 minutes

Stimulating group activity to get people together, having fun and ready for action.  This activity can be performed indoor and outdoor.

  • The participants are first dived in teams of equal numbers.  (Five to seven per team)
  • Each team stands in a circle.
  • One player on each team is given a ball.
  • The first player passes the ball using two hands to the player on his right.  The second player gives to the third and so on until it has gone completely around the circle.  When the ball reaches the first player, she or he bounces the ball once and says “One time around” and passes the ball.  Once the ball reaches the first player again, she or he bounces the ball twice and says “Two times around”.  The third time, she or he bounces the ball three times and says “Three times around”.  The team then sits on the ground.
  • The team that completes all of the actions first wins the Round and Round.