Kids Game of the Week: Ball Transfer


By Rob Noone


Each Team has 2 facilitators, 2 hoops, and 2 playground type balls. Teams line up relay style. Divide each team in half. Place the hoops opposite each other. The distance between hoops is optional, but should be the same for each competing team. Each facilitator has a ball and stands next to one of the hoops. On the “go” signal, the facilitator places the ball between the first two players on each line. Some choices include, but are not limited to, back to back, shoulder to shoulder or stomach to stomach. Each team must place the ball the same way. Once the ball is placed, each pair attempts to transfer the ball to the opposite hoop. Each team has two balls working at the same time. If the ball falls, pick it up and go back. After two tries go to the end of the line. If successful, the facilitator takes the ball, the pair goes to the end of the new line, play continues, and the entire team receives one point. If playing as individuals, the pair receives one point for each ball transfer. Play for as designated amount of time. Count all successful points.



September 8, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

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Kids Game of the Week: Hide the Pennies or Golf Tees


By Rob Noone


Obtain 50 to 100 pennies or golf tees. Before the students enter the play area, hide the coins or tees throughout the designated area. Just spread them out on the ground. They should not be invisible. On the go signal, the students run into the field and find the pennies or tees. They may only pick up one at a time. They take the found object to a designated counter and then pick up a chip to show they found something. When all the objects are found, give one point for each chip the students have.

For Variation: you can allow the students to pick up as many objects as they can find. Play for a designated amount of time. The students get one point for each object they find. If the total coins or tees found do not add up to the original amount, let the students continue to look for the missing and give 5 points for each addition object found.



September 1, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

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Kids Game of the Week: Cone on Cone Off


By Rob Noone


This is a simple no relay game NO Relay Relay. It is easy to play, has a lot of movement, and is fun. Each team is lined up directly opposite a traffic come. Make sure the cone has a hole on top. Give the first player on each team a ball. Make sure the ball will not easily fall off the top of the cone. On the “go” signal, the person with the ball runs ( you can substitute other locomotive skills) and places the ball on the top of the cone. The ball must stay on. That player runs back and tags the next player on line. That player runs to the cone and removes it. He/she runs back to the line and hands the ball off to the next player on line. Play continues in this way for a designated amount of time. Each team gets one point every time the ball is placed on the cone. At the end of the time period count each team’s points. If playing for individual points, each time a player returns to the line, he/she scores one point.

For Variation: Give the runners something else to do. For example, they can keep a balloon in the air while running back and forth.



August 25, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

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Kids Game of the Week: Long Rope


By Rob Noone


Each team has one long jump rope. On the “go” signal, the turners begin to turn the rope. The other team members are lined up next to the rope on one side of the turner. As the rope is turning, they go through – no jump – one at a time. Each team gets points in one of the following ways: total number of players going through without touching the rope, most consecutive players going through without missing a turn of the rope and without touching the rope. As the players go through, they line up next to the opposite turner. As the last player goes through form one side, the first player begins to go through from the other side.

For Variation: add one jump and exit. Play for a designated amount of time. Play again with new turners.



August 18, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

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Kids Game of the Week: Strategy Frisbee Golf


By Rob Noone


How to Play:

Divide your teams into foursomes. Give each player a Frisbee. Set up various targets throughout the course. The Targets may be buckets, cones, tennis ball cans, or even surrounding trees. Set up a starting point for each hole to tee off. Each person flies his or her own Frisbee towards the target. After everyone throws for the first time the person who is furthest away from the target goes first the next round. Continue in this manner until someone hits the target. Like golf, the player with the lowest total score is the winner!



August 11, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

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Kids Game of the Week: Ship Captain


By David Ouimette


  • One player is chosen to be the “Captain”, the rest of the players are the “Crew”
  • The “Captain” calls out orders for the “Crew” to follow
  • If a player doesn’t follow an order correctly, or in some cases they are the last to follow an order, they are out of the game
  • Last person in the game is the next “Ship Captain”

Orders:

  • To the ship – - run to the “Captain’s” right…last one is out
  • To the island – - run to the “Captain’s” left…last one is out
  • Hit the deck – - lay on their stomach (or crouch to the ground)
  • Three men in a boat – - the “Crew” must form groups of three people and sing “Row! Row! Row your boat!”(players without a partner are out)
  • Attention on the deck – - salute and yell “Aye! Aye! Captain” – - players can’t move until the “Captain” says “At ease!” (Even if the “Captain” gives another order after this players can’t move until they say “At ease!”)
  • Scrub the deck – - on their knees pretending to scrub the floor
  • Captain’s quarters – - run towards the “Captain”…last one is out
  • Man-over-board – - Players must find a
    partner as quickly as possible. The person with no partner is out!
  • Periscope – - Fall on their back and stick their leg in the air
  • SHARK!!!! – - run to a designated base (can be more than one)…last one is out
  • Sick turtle – - fall on their backs and wave hands and feet in the air
  • Row the Boat – - Find a partner, sit face to face holding hands, and pretend to row a boat…players without a partner are out.


August 4, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

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Train2Be Kids Game of the Week: Four Square


By David Ouimette


Equipment: playing area and ball

There are four squares painted/chalked on the ground, all touching each other, making one large square.
The squares can be any size!
It depends on the kids playing the game.
Recommended about 6-8 feet/square.

One player stands in each of the squares.
The squares are “ranked”…the square of most importance is the “King/Ace/Prime Minister”, the other squares may or may not be named…for example the “Queen”, “Princess”, and “Prince.”

*To start the game the player in the “King” square serves the ball by bouncing it once in his/her square then hitting it towards one of the other squares. (It is okay to play off of walls, poles, etc.)
*The player in the square that “receives” the ball will then hit it to another player…and so on.
*The play continues until one of the following happens:
*A player hits the ball (or is hit by the ball) before it bounces once in their square.
*A player does not hit the ball before it bounces twice
*A player hits the ball out of bounds (it must land in a player’s square first)
*A player is “out” if one of the above occurs. They then move back to the lowest ranked square and the other players move up to fill the empty square.
*(If there are more players than squares, the person who is out goes to the end of the line, and a player from the line fills the lowest ranked square.)



July 28, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

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Sammi’s Nutrition Fact of the Week: Eat More Vegetables!


By Sammi Joy Mark


We’ve all heard it since we were kids, “Eat your vegetables, they’re good for you!”  It’s true! In addition to containing multiple vitamins and minerals, vegetables can also be a good source of fiber. Non-starchy vegetables are naturally low in calories and can compliment any meal. Vary your vegetable intake. Don’t fall into the pattern of choosing the same vegetables over and over. By choosing different vegetables each time, you can maximize your nutrient intake and expand the variety in your diet. Get creative! Try incorporating new veggies into your favorite dishes. Add broccoli to your favorite pasta dish or try serving garlic shrimp over spinach.



April 9, 2012 @ 9:30 am

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