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Sharks and Minnows:  This game can be played in a pool, outside, or in a gym. If playing outside create boundaries to form a rectangular shape for the game area. Have all of the participants line up at one end of the playing area. All of these participants will be called minnows. Select 1 to 2 players that will line up in the middle of your playing area and be referred to as the sharks. On the call of “go,” all of the minnows must race from one end of the playing area to the opposite end without going out of bounds or getting tagged by a shark. If a minnow is tagged, he/she becomes a shark and must try to tag other minnows. Continue these rounds until there is one minnow left, and they are the winner.

Switch it up!
You can have different rules for each round; get creative to engage your kids.
    • Participants must push or run backwards.
    • Participants must push with only one hand and non-wheelchair users must hop on one foot.

Handball:  This game can have an infinite amount of variations. All you need are participants, a ball, and two goals.  Whatever ball you have will work such as a kickball or volleyball, and chairs or trash cans can function as goals.  Divide participants into two teams. The game starts with a jump ball in the center of the playing area. Then each team will try to get the ball into their goal. This is where the creativity takes place. You can set a rule that every player must pass and catch the ball before they score; or players may only take two steps or two pushes with the ball and then have to dribble or pass. Let the kids make up the rules; they love this simple game!


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