Drop the Hankie
*One person is chosen to be it
and is given a bandana or piece of cloth to drop.
*Other players form a circle, standing up.
*The player who is it walks around the circle, at some point droping the hankie
behind someone, then begins to run around the circle.
*The circle person picks up the hankie and runs in the opposite direction around the circle.
*The first one back to the open spot in the circle joins the circle. The other person becomes [I]it[I.
Too Late for Supper
*Two people are chosen to be it.
*Everyone else forms a large circle, holding hands.
*Two who are it hold hands, walking around the circle.
*One nearest to the circle at some point reaches out and taps someone's hand. That person and the person whose hand they were holding (Does that make sense?!) turn and run around the circle in the opposite direction.
*Whichever team gets back to the open spot first joins the circle. The other pair are it.
Streets and Alleys:
*Two players are chosen to be it.
*Other players stand in rows. Say you have 15 other players, they would form three lines of five players each. Each row stands two arms lengths apart from each other, and in each line, each player is two arms length apart from the person in front or behind him.
*Someone is chosen to be the caller and calls out either Streets or Alleys.
*The it players decide who will be the chaser and who will be the chased. They run through the lines of players.
*When the caller calls Streets, all the line players face the front with their arms straight out at the sides. When the caller calls Alleys, they all turn to their right with their arms straight out to the sides.
*Play continues until the chaser catches the chased.
Duck, Duck, Goose:
*Players sit in a circle.
*One person walks around the circle, gently
tapping on the heads of those in the circle, saying, "Duck, duck, duck,....."
*When he says, "Goose!", he takes off running around the circle. The one who was tapped runs in the opposite direction. First one back to the open space in the circle joins the circle and the other becomes it.
Relays are always fun and you can set them up in many different ways. One that is really fun is to have a box of clothes (hats, gloves, boots, jackets, dresses, etc.) at one end of the playing field. One box for each relay team. The team members race down, have to put on the clothes and then race back. They take off the clothes and the next member on their team has to put it on, race down to the box, undress and race back to the team. Play continues until last person on the team has gone.
Another fun one is where each team member has to race down and sit on a ballon until it pops, then race back to the start.
Water Ballon Volleyball:
*Large, helium strength
ballons are filled with water. (Size of balloon would depend on age of players.)
*Volleyball nets are set up. A rope or twine could be used, too.
*Teams are formed. Players on a team pair up, holding a bath towel between them.
is placed in the middle of a bath towel. The player pair lobs the ball over the net. The other team pairs try to catch it in their towel and then lob it back again.
Fun and refreshing (and messy!) on a hot summer day!!
are always fun, too. Objects are hidden ahead of time and then players run around to find them. Could have teams with points being given for found items.
Hula Hoop Relays
*Players roll a hula hoop around a course and back to starting point.
*Another is teams are formed. Players make a line, holding hands. A hula hoop is started on one end of each line. Players must pass the hula hoop from one end of the line to the other without letting go of hands. Fun and builds teamwork. First team to get it down their line and back again wins.
*Teams are formed and a pail of water for each team is placed at the end of the playing area.
*Each team lines up at the other end of the playing area, opposite their pail of water. They are given a cup and an empty bucket, smaller than the filled one.
*Players take turns running down to the water and filling the cup to bring back to the other bucket.
*First team to fill their empty bucket wins.
*The size of the cups can be varied to accomodate different aged teams, with the older the members of a team, the smaller the cup.
Some others that I don't remember all the rules for, but I think you could find the rules are Twenty-three Skidoo
, Kick the Can
, Capture the Flag,
...I'll keep thinking.
How about Kick Ball or Dodge Ball with a very soft ball, say like a 12 inch colored foam ball?