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I have somehow ended up running a homeschool 'PE' for my local group. Each week we have about 15-20 kids, ages 4 - 10, and I've been teaching them games like Kick the Can, Freeze Tag, Four Square, etc. The bigger kids love this kiind of stuff, but there are quite a few 4 & 5 yos that are having a hard time with some of these games. I've tried to split out the littler kids to play gentler games, but they want to be included with the big kids, they just don't like losing all the time!<br><br>
Anyone know of any playground-type games that either DON'T favor the bigger/stronger/faster kids, or that have no winners at all??
 

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We used to play Messy Backyard when I was in elementary school. You get a ton of balls, divide the kids up into two teams, and make some sort of dividing line between them. The goal is to get all the balls into the other team's side -- when time is called, the side with the most balls is the "Messy Backyard" and loses. It's not like Dodgeball where you're trying to hit the kids with balls, you're just trying to get them all across the line.<br><br>
I dunno, might be an option. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Well, whenever possible, I would suggest dividing the children into teams so that the bigger kids can work with the younger ones rather than against.<br><br>
Maybe something like Capture the Flag? Or flag football? It may even be possible to do a team version of Freeze Tag.
 

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oh I was just thinking of these kind of 'field day' games that were independent of organized teams... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Sack races can be very physically demanding and fun! Maybe a team sack race with a mixtures of bigs and littles--or some way where the big kids work with the younger children?<br><br>
Have a silly game like this every 20 minutes or so of a more complex game--<br><br>
and kick ball (I don't know if that was mentioned before) on the baseball diamond... if you don't have enough kids use 1/2 the diamond.)<br><br>
I'd love to see what other folks are playing.
 

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Here's one I found online:<br><br>
Freeze Up: Play music for a group of children and tell them that they are to dance while the music is going, but must freeze and hold their position as soon as the music stops. Each time you stop the music, wait for a moment before you restart it to give the children a chance to see each other in silly poses.<br><br>
Maybe have the children work together to set up an obstacle course (with you supervising for safety issues), and then they all go through it? Since the group is large, you could make two courses.
 

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For the littles in our homeschool PE group, the kids do relay race type activities, like running with a balloon between their knees, balancing an egg on a spoon, hopping in a pillowcase.... the focus is on everyone having a turn, not winning. (And we try to put a mix of bigger/faster kids and littler kids on the same "team" to help the "winning" issue.)<br><br>
We also play "Octopus." Basically, there's two or three Octopi (it's too much for little kids to have only one, LOL) in the middle of the "ocean." The rest of the kids are Fish. The Fish are lined up along one end of the ocean. The Octopi yell "cross the ocean!" and the Fish try to run to the other side. If an Octopus tags a Fish, the fish also becomes an Octopus. Then the Fish are all on the other side, and they do it over and over until there are only two or three kids left as Fish, and they become the new Octopi.<br><br>
We've played a game called "What is the Hour, Mr. Fox?" or something like that, but I'm unclear on the rules. The one time we played (I was not in charge of it), they really enjoyed it though... maybe you know of it or can google the game. I think it's similar to Red Light Green Light. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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