Project Play



Project Play Of Western New York

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Wheelbarrow Races

What you need: Four or more players in teams of two

How to play: Designate a starting line and end line. Teams of two line up with one person putting their hands on the ground and the second person holding the first person’s legs. The team must make it to the finish line keeping that position.

Home Free Freeze Tag

WHAT YOU NEED: Three or more players, boundary markers

HOW TO PLAY: Players select an “It” and mark boundaries with a Home Free Spot.  The “It” chases players and when touching them the player freezes. Other players can unfreeze someone by touching them as well. The last one to reach the Home Free Spot is “It” for the next round.

Big Base

WHAT YOU NEED: 1 playground ball and boundary markers (cones, polyspots or bases)

HOW TO PLAY: Use chalk or small orange cones to delineate your big bases (about 4 feet by 4 feet). Play is similar to regular kickball, except runners can cluster on the big bases. If it isn’t safe for them to advance, they can stay put. You can require runners to circle the bases twice before scoring, either two laps around or one lap counterclockwise and one clockwise.

Mr. Fox

WHAT YOU NEED: Three or more players, boundary markers

HOW TO PLAY: Set a start line and a finish line the length of the yard. One player is selected to be Mr. Fox and stands at the end of the yard with their back to the other players at the other end of the yard. Each child asks, “What time is it, Mr. Fox?” and Mr. Fox answers by naming a time. “Five o’clock” allows children to take five steps forward, “10 o’clock” allows for 10 steps, and so on. When Mr. Fox announces, “it’s dinnertime!”  he or she chases the other players back to the starting line. If anyone is caught before returning to his place, he is now the next Mr. Fox.

Mother May I

WHAT YOU NEED: Three or more players, boundary markers

HOW TO PLAY: Players select an “It” and the “It” child acts as Mother and faces away from the rest of the players lined up behind her. Each of the other players takes turns asking “Mother, may I take five steps forward?” or “Mother, may I take one giant step forward?” or “Mother, may I take ten tiny baby steps forward?” or similar questions. “Mother” may either say “yes you may” or “no you may not.” The first person to reach and tag Mother wins the game and takes her place for the next round.

 

 Hot Ball

WHAT YOU NEED:  One ball of any size, radio or music

HOW TO PLAY: Players stand in a circle and music begins. While the music is playing, the kids throw or pass the ball around the circle. When the music stops the music the player who is holding the ball is out of the game. Repeat the steps until only one child is left in the game.

 Two Square

WHAT YOU NEED: 1 ball per 2 players, 2 squared boxes, label each square

HOW TO PLAY: One player serves diagonally, hitting the ball into opposing square, players are eliminated if the ball hits inside your square and then out of bounds before you touch it, or bounces 2 times in your square.

Keep It Up

WHAT YOU NEED: 1 ball per at least 2 players

HOW TO PLAY: Players pair up and attempt to keep the ball from hitting the ground.  Players who prevent the ball from staying off the ground the longest wins. Or, player who lets the ball fall to the ground is out and another player takes their place. May use a balloon also.

Jump the Brook

What you need: Two or more players, two items to mark with

How to play: Use two items to mark a “brook.” Starting at one end, run toward the items and jump over the invisible brook without any part of your foot landing inside the brook. If it does, player is out. If not, move the items further apart for the next round. Repeat until only one person is left.

Four Square

WHAT YOU NEED: 1 ball per 4 kids, 4 square labeled boxes or chalk to label each square

HOW TO PLAY: Serve diagonally, hit ball into opposing square, elimination= ball hits inside your square and then out of bounds before you touch it, or bounces 2 times in your square.

Mini Kicks

WHAT YOU NEED: 1 soccer ball per player

HOW TO PLAY: Kick ball into air gently, continue to keep ball in air, count how many times you can hit it in the air before the ball hits the ground. Bean Bag Toss

WHAT YOU NEED: Several bean bags, two boards adjacent to each other with holes to toss the bag in

HOW TO PLAY: Teams of two. Each team will have 30 seconds to get bean bags into the holes. Each hole will have a designated amount of points. At the end of the 30 seconds, the team with the most points wins.

Bean Bag Toss

WHAT YOU NEED: Several bean bags, two boards adjacent to each other with holes to toss the bag in

HOW TO PLAY: Teams of two. Each team will have 30 seconds to get bean bags into the holes. Each hole will have a designated amount of points. At the end of the 30 seconds, the team with the most points wins.

Human Knot

What you need: Three or more players.

How to play: All players stand close together. Every player must hold hands with two different people. The goal is to unscramble all players by stepping over and under arms without letting go of any hands and end up standing in a circle.

Hula Hoop Contest

WHAT YOU NEED: A hula hoop

HOW TO PLAY: You and a partner both see who can Hula Hoop for the longest amount of time.

HOW TO PLAY: Walk on hands and feet; with your back facing the ground. Set a start and end point, whoever crosses finish line first wins.

Crab Walk Race

WHAT YOU NEED: Nothing

HOW TO PLAY: Walk on hands and feet; with your back facing the ground. Set a start and end point, whoever crosses finish line first wins.

Jump Rope Backwards

WHAT YOU NEED: A jump rope

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