Rain Game


Form two lines facing each other. Have children in each line stand
at arm’s length. Tell children they’ll make rain in this game.
Explain that every time a ball bounces, it equals a raindrop.

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Give the first child in line a rubber ball that bounces easily,
such as a volleyball or soccer ball. Have that child bounce the
ball, walk through the lines to the other end of the line and give
the ball to the child at the end of the opposite line. Have the
child who received the ball run behind the children to the start of
the line. After that child bounces the ball while walking through
the line, have him or her give the ball to the person at the end of
the opposite line.

Give another ball to the child at the start of the other line. Have
that child bounce the ball through the line and hand off the ball.
Continue this process until half of your children each have a ball.
For example, if you have eight children in the circle, introduce no
more than four balls.

For a variation of this game, have kids stand in a circle and
bounce the balls to each other.

Jolene Roehlkepartain
St. Louis Park, Minnesota

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