Having a Successful Physical Activity Event
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GAME AND ACTIVITY IDEAS
Adults have to be imaginative to keep kids' interest in just about anything.
Below is a list of activities and games developed for the VERB campaign.
This list provides ideas on ways to get and keep kids interested in physical
play any time, any where. Kids can play the suggested games as is, make
up their own rules for them, or even make up their own games.
BASKETBALL + BASEBALL = BASEKETBALL
Place four "bases" around the basketball court. The batter is the same as
a passer in Baseketball. Pass or throw the basketball as far as you can, all
the way to the outfield, run the bases before the opposing team member
catches the ball and makes a basket. First team to score gets the point.
Equipment Needs: 4 bases (or hot spots), 1 basketball, half-court set up
BASKETBALL + FOOTBALL = END ZONE HOOPS
Defend your basket as though it's the end zone. Play football on the
basketball court, which means running and passing with a football instead
of dribbling. Once the offense gets near enough to a basket to shoot, any
attempt is allowed. Defensive players jump up to block. If the opponent
scores, head back the other way.
Equipment Needs: 1 football, half- or full-court
BASKETBALL + RUNNING = BASKET DASH
What would basketball be without all that dribbling? Basket Dash! Run as
fast as you can, but don't be a ball hog. Keep your teammates on the go
with you — each side must pass at least six times before shooting. Keep
your arms and legs on the move.
Equipment Needs: 1 basketball, half- or full-court
BASKETBALL + FLYING DISK = BASKET DISK
Grab a disk and head to the court. Designate certain spots two-, three-,
and four-point zones. Let the disk soar and hit the basket from any of
these zones to earn the same number of points. Defensive blocks and
Equipment Needs: 1 flying disk, half- or full-court
BASKETBALL + GOLF = TIGER HOOPS
Set up a miniature golf course around the basketball court. Make sure your
last hole is in the free-throw zone. Once you get there, your club is no longer
required. Take a shot for the basket with your lightweight miniature golf ball.
Hole-in-one, anyone? Equipment Needs: 4 golf clubs, 1 lightweight miniature golf
ball, 4 cones, half-court
BASKETBALL + HOPSCOTCH = HOOPSCOTCH
The court looks a little different when you tape hopscotch squares down
on the paint. Pick a square, dribble down to it, and take a shot from where
you stop. If you make it, you score that number of points. Then hop your
way through the remaining squares to complete the play.
Equipment Needs: 1 roll of painters tape or some sidewalk chalk, half- or
full-court, 1 basketball
BASKETBALL + MARTIAL ARTS = KUNG FU BALL
The aim of this game is to get silly! A basketball game with martial arts
skills looks like this: every player who does not have the ball must bust a
move. A kung fu kick, a punch, a karate chop — keep the defense on the
defensive with your moves. Watch out, though. These moves are for fun,
Equipment Needs: 1 basketball, half- or full-court
Try shooting hoops at a laundry basket or milk crate using a regular
basketball, crumpled wad of paper or rolled up pair of socks. Or, play
V-E-R-B, our version of H-O-R-S-E.
Equipment Needs: 2 large milk crates, 1 garbage can or waste basket, 1
laundry basket, 1 basketball, 4 mini basketballs, loose leaf paper, rolls of
Lower the net or use a limbo stick and kick a foot bag or beanbag over it.
Score the game just like volleyball.
Equipment Needs: 1 mini-net, 1 foot bag
Pass a ball back and forth over the net while music plays. When it stops, the
player who has the ball gets a point. The object is to get the fewest points.
Equipment Needs: 1 volleyball ball, 1 mini-net, music
Practice your volleyball skills: BUMP, SET, and SPIKE are double fun with two
volleyballs instead of one. Get ready for constant motion.
Equipment Needs: 2 volleyball balls, 1 mini-net
Designate a secret location in the room as the "goal." Players push
around a puck and listen for whether they are "hot" (near the goal) or
"cold" (far from it).
Equipment Needs: 4-8 hockey sticks, 1 puck (or bouncy ball)
EXTRA NET HOCKEY
In field hockey, or ice hockey, the intensity's increased when each team has
two goals to SHOOT for and more opportunities to SCORE.
Equipment Needs: 4-8 hockey sticks, 1 puck, 4 nets (or use other items
designated as goals such as garbage cans)
Try scoring a goal using a crushed can. Knock the can into the goal with a
Equipment Needs: 2 goals or laundry baskets. 4 Brooms or hockey sticks,
Add hockey sticks and a mini-soccer ball to the equation to double the
fun. If you don't have a mini-soccer ball, any small and bouncy ball will do.
Equipment Needs: 1 Mini soccer ball, hockey sticks
EXTRA NET SOCCER
A net on all 4-sides of the field increases your opportunities to score a
goal. Dribble the ball down the field, pass it to your teammate, and kick
Equipment Needs: 1 soccer ball, 4 nets (or use other items designated as
goals such as garbage cans)
Overview: Make as many baskets as possible by only passing and catching
the football. Start the game with a throw-in from the end line. The team
with the ball tries to pass and catch it, advancing toward their basket.
After catching the ball, a player cannot take any steps. The passer has
three seconds to throw the ball to a teammate. Defenders must be three
feet away from the passer. The closest defender must count "1 Pig Ball, 2
Pig Ball, 3 Pig Ball" out loud. If the passer doesn’t throw the ball before
"3 Pig Ball" the team on defense takes over the ball.
Equipment Needs: 1 football, basket
Play a traditional game of "freeze" tag, but instead of remaining "frozen,"
tagged players must do hip hop dance moves until re-tagged.
Equipment Needs: music (not mandatory)
Overview: This area will be used to showcase VERBrations, a STOMP-like
activity that encourages tweens to make their own music by playing every
day household items, such as buckets (drums), empty water jugs (bass),
empty soda cans filled with rice (maracas) and pots & pans with lids
Equipment Needs: 3 round buckets (various sizes), 6 large wooden
spoons, 6 drum sticks, 6 silver spoons, 1 empty water jug, 4 soda cans
filled with rice, 2 sets of pots and pans with lids (various sizes)
Use every day items to make games and activities more unusual and to
demonstrate that no special equipment is necessary to play.
Blow up balloons and keep them in the air for as long as you can with the
head, knees, and feet, not the hands.
Equipment Needs: 4 balloons
Grab a flying disc, find some open space and you're ready to PLAY.
Choose trees, bushes, or objects like plastic garbage cans to be the holes
and GOLF away.
Equipment Needs: flying disc, whatever else is around
TRIPLE TIME FOOTBAG
TAP and TOSS a foot bag with friends while standing in a circle. Try 3 foot
bags to up the challenge and keep the game action packed.
Equipment Needs: 3 foot bags
HIP HOP SCOTCH
Overview: Just like regular Hop Scotch, but with a funky twist of Hip Hop
flavor. Draw the boxes but instead of numbers, you write in dance moves
like spin, bounce, step, or shake. Toss the rock and whatever it lands on is
what you do. If it lands on a question mark, you choose – do anything.
Equipment Needs: chalk, rock or something flat to toss.
JUMP ROPE/DOUBLE TIME DUTCH
Overview: Just like regular Jump Rope, but can you handle two? How
about balancing a foot bag on your foot while jumping?
Equipment Needs: 2 jump ropes, 1 foot bag
"NATIVE AMERICAN KICKBALL" – Originally played by the Hopi Indians,
this game is all about teamwork. First you create an obstacle course using
anything you have hanging around (jump ropes, cones, garbage
cans…whatever you have). Make as many twists and turns as you want.
Then, two teams run through the course, kicking their ball forward to the
end or finish line. Each team member takes a turn kicking the ball through
the course, but no one player can kick the ball twice in a row. Add your
own twists and turns to this game, and start kicking…or maybe
hopping…or wheel barrowing…or skipping…you get the idea!
"LOS HOYOS"("THE HOLES") – All this game needs is a tennis ball and
some chalk. For each player, you create a hole (using chalk, a paper plate,
or even digging a hole in dirt if you're playing outside) about 10 feet away
from where the players will stand. The first player rolls the ball into
another player's hole. If they miss the hole, the next player rolls the ball. If
the ball lands in the hole, whoever the hole belongs to has to run to get
the ball without being tagged by the other players. If the player makes it
back to their standing place without being tagged, they get a point. Try
out "Los Hoyos" or create your own game using just a tennis ball and
chalk. See what you can come up with!
Page last reviewed: August 1, 2007
Page last modified: August 1, 2007
Content source: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention
and Health Promotion, Division of Adolescent and School Health