This game starts simple enough, but as players get the hang of it, tossing another ball or bean bag into the mix could bring on the giggles.
Time Required: 10 to 20 minutes
- This game works best with a group of five to 12 players. Have the children sit or stand in a circle facing each other.
- Hand one player a red ball or heart-shaped bean bag (you can make your own heart-shaped bean bags by modifying these instructions for square ones).
- Tell the player holding the ball to call out another player's name and then gently toss the ball to them.
- The player whose name was called catches the ball and then announces another player's name and throws it to them. Continue this until all the players get a chance throwing and catching the ball. Give the kids some time to feel comfortable with this and challenge them to see how long they can continue without dropping the ball.
- Once everyone's feeling confident, throw a second ball into the mix. Now they must keep two balls going without dropping either one.
- Again, once they get the hang of that, throw a third ball into the game. And a fourth, if they can handle it.
- Have the players see how long they can keep the balls in the air. Start a new round once a ball drops.
- The game ends when the kids show signs that they're tired of playing it.
- Tell the children to throw the balls or bean bags gently. Not only will they have a better chance of catching them and keeping the game going, but they'll avoid hurting someone.
What You Need
- Three or four red balls or heart-shaped bean bags