Game: Line Swing

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BEST FOR: GRADES 3-6
ACTIVITY LEVEL: HIGH

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You’ll need a large gymnasium or outdoor area for this game. Form
teams of no more than eight. For each team, place a masking-tape
line the length of your area parallel to each other and about 10
feet apart. Have teams each line up on a masking-tape line at one
end of the area, single file and facing the same direction. Have
team members link arms.

*Say: This race is called Line Swing. The goal is to be
the first team to race down to the end of the line and back. But
here’s the catch: The front person on your team will stand still on
the tape. But the rest of the line will swing either to the left or
the right until the back person becomes the first person in your
line and is standing on the masking tape again. Your team will look
like a gate swinging forward. Now the new front person must stay in
place while the line swings forward again. Keep swinging your line
forward until you get to the end of the line. Then do the same
thing coming back.

Declare a winning team. Then play again. But time the teams this
time. Challenge your kids to beat the best time during each new
round.

Rick Lawrence
Loveland, Colorado

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