Exercise games are used in schools to teach students cooperation while they get in their gym classes. The games are also fun family activities, with adults and children on the same teams. Play them in the yard or park or try them at your next family reunion. Don’t be surprised if the kids are the leaders. Chances are, they have already tried at least one of them.
The game is played by two teams. Mark off a softball diamond. Place a small soccer goal a few feet to the right side of home plate. The game is played with a frisbee instead of a softball and for safety sake, use one of the soft, foam rubber models. One team takes the outfield and one of their players acts like a goalie. The other team takes turns throwing the frisbee to the outfielders and running the bases. The outfielder who catches the frisbee throws it to the goalie who then throws it into the goal. At this point, the runner stops at the base he is on. Scoring is done the same as in softball, by crossing home plate. The only difference is there are no three outs. If an outfielder catches the frisbee before it touches the ground, the player is out. Each member of the team throws the frisbee one time. The it is the other team’s turn.
Divide the group into teams of no more than eight . Lay out a course for each team starting with a jump rope. Place the next activity as far away from the jump rope as the rope is from the starting line. Each activity is performed five times by each participant. When the participant completes the last activity in the line, he runs right back to the starting line and tags the next team member who performs the same tasks . For the second activity, have the student bounce a basketball inside a hula hoop on the floor. Then have a tee ball set up and have the participants hit a wiffle ball off it five times. The activities are not set in stone. They can be different each time the game is played to give a bit of variety. The first team to complete all the tasks is the winner.
Make a small incision in a tennis ball. Cut a ribbon about 12 inches long and sew a metal washer to one end. Insert the washer into the slit in the tennis ball and it is now a tail ball. Divide the class into two teams. The game is played on the basketball court. Points are scored by getting the tail ball into the basketball hoop. One team takes the floor at a time and the members toss the ball into the hoop only by using the tail. They can catch it by the ball itself or by the tail. The other team gets its turn when the ball is dropped or it hits the floor.