I came across an article from recesslab.com that I wanted to share….It’s getting cold out and my thinking is where are MY kids going to play when its time to take a break from zoom or just doing work at home especially when it starts to rain or when its just wait to cold out and can’t play in the yard….well check out these “unconventional recess environments” that I am sure will keep the kids entertained
What to play in unconventional spaces?
There are a number of challenging and entertaining games kids can play in small spaces or during indoor recess with just paper and a few colored pens.
Tic Tac Toe is a classic example.
These games are gre
at for students who do not want to participate in the more physically active games as well.
Here are three games to try at your next unconventional or indoor recess:
1-Dots and Boxes
To play Dots, you need paper and at least two colored pens/pencils. Start by drawing dots in a square pattern. Begin with 6×6 and challenge your kids to go up to 30×30 or more. Players (2 or more) take turns using their colored pen/pencil to draw line segments between dots. When a player forms a square with their line, they put their initial in that square and continue playing. The game continues until all the lines between the dots have been drawn.
Players secretly write down common phrases on pieces of paper and fold them up. The first chosen artist randomly picks a phrase to draw while the others guess the phrase without talking or drawing letters or symbols. Once guessed correctly, a new artist is picked. Variation: instead of common phrases, write books, characters/celebrities, or films.
3-Look Up, Look Down
Begin with two circles of players. Chose one person in each circle to be the caller who starts by saying, “Look down!” Everyone looks down at their feet. When the caller says “Look up!” everyone looks up directly at someone else in that circle. If two people are looking at each other, they both go to the other circle. If caller leaves the circle, a new caller is chosen.
4-Bob the Bunny
Introduce the students to “Bob the Bunny,” a small object, ball, or stuffed bunny. Standing in a circle, students place their hands behind their backs. Choose one student to be in the middle, and ask them to close their eyes. The group begins chanting in rhythm, “Bob the bunny, Bob, Bob, the bunny!” while passing the bunny around the circle, keeping the bunny behind them.
Once the bunny is in motion, the student in the middle opens their eyes and gets three guesses as to who is holding the bunny. Variations: Play with multiple bunnies, ask students to change the name of the character, or incorporate the school/local sports team mascot.