Switch

Games & Activities for kids & adults of all ages

5+
kids
preK-5
grade
8
fives
10
min.
  • Development Goals: To develop active listening capability.
  • Skills: Agility and conflict resolution

Ready...

Set Up: A four-square court or 4 cones forming a square and one in the middle.

Before You Start:

  • Make sure students know the 4 areas to run to.
  • Review how to Ro Sham Bo.
  • Play a practice round.

SET...

How to Play:

  • 5 players in at a time. Each player occupies a corner or the middle.
  • Play begins when the person in the middle says “Switch”.
  • All players must find a new corner/cone to occupy.
    • Once “Switch” is called, you cannot go to the middle and you must switch to a different corner every round.
    • If two players arrive at the corner at the same time a quick Ro-Sham-Bo is played, winner stays.
  • The next person in line goes to the middle and begins the next round.

GO!

Variation(s):

  • Use different shapes
  • Add more areas the students can run to
  • Use 4 different colored hula hoops. Have the student in the middle call out a color that signals the players to run/switch. The caller runs to the color which s/he called aloud. All other players have to switch hula hoops but may not run to the color that was called out.

Indoor Modifications:

  • Instead of running after the middle player says "Switch!," have each player do a different movement, like walking on their tip toes, crab walking, bunny hopping, lunges, frog hopping - be creative! You can decide on a set of different movements that the player in the middle can call out. For example, the middle player can say "Bunny Hop Switch" and all players must bunny hop to a new corner cone.
  • All other Switch rules still apply.

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