Simple Games for You and Family – 7 New

Simple Games for You and Family – 7 New
May 9, 2020 No Comments » Ministry Update - Weekly HCAA Admin

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In this resource we will focus on sports in a nuclear family setting. 

sport as a single or group of activities involving physical effort, skill; governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionally.[1] Sport improves personal health and fitness.  When well-managed, sport can create or help mend relationships between participating individuals. Sport can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, due to its high demand for adequate attention and concentration.  Sport can enrich interpersonal relationships within the family.

We are giving you the second set of the home games that do not require equipment or large space.

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Warm Up

Adopt your own or follow the warm up illustrated by President Museveni.

First Section – 7 New Games

  • Shoe Finding

Get everyone to take off their shoes and put them in the center of the play area. Get a player to pick any shoe at random and ask: ‘Whose shoe is this?’ The owner will respond, ‘It’s mine’, and give ONE fact about coronavirus or a clear sentence on preventing Covid-19 disease. If the fact is correct, he or she will take their shoe.  The game ends when every player has regained their shoes.

  • Tin Tower

Gather about 10 tins of different sizes (powder milk tins, coffee tins, etc.) Scatter them in the playing area. Have one player arrange the tins into a tower from the largest to the smallest upwards in an organized way. The rest of the players form a circle around the play area. Use a cloth wrapped into a ball to shoot the player arranging. The player should arrange as they dodge. If the ball touches them they should pull out and the one who threw the ball should take the turn. The game ends when the tower is complete and looking neat.

  • Duck Goose

Everyone sits in a circle except for one person.  The person who is standing goes around the group tapping each person on the head and saying ‘duck’.  The player then tags one person on the head and shouts ‘goose’. The tagged person gets up and runs around the circle, in opposite direction, as fast as possible and gets back to their original sitting point. The first player, upon tagging and shouting ‘goose’, runs fast around the circle to occupy the open space created by the second player. The last person to the spot takes the next turn.      

  • Simple Tag

Start with one player chasing the rest within a clear play area. Whoever is tagged joins the first player to tag others. Whoever is tagged last is the winner.

  • Egg and Spoon

Make fun before you eat those hard-boiled eggs! Each player should have an egg on a spoon and hold it firmly with their lips. For smaller children, use baby spoons with a small egg-plant instead. Have a race with a clear starting and ending point.

  • Dodgeball

Make a ball out of a cloth. If you have a banana plantation nearby you can prepare early by asking your boys to make a ball out of dry banana fiber. The game is to tag a player using the ball.  A tag is valid if it touches the leg part between knee and toe.  Tagged players get out till that round is done.

  • Knee Tag

Form pairs of close age range. Each player tags the knees of their partners while protecting their own. The first to reach 5 tags is a winner. You can switch so that winners play with other winners.

Section II – Previously Learnt Games

  • Shoe Game

Make a circle. Make everyone remove their shoes and pile them in the center. One at a time should try to organize them by pairs in a straight line while dodging a ball made out of cloth. When touched by the ball, the one who threw it goes in. Game ends when all shoes are arranged in a straight line and in correct order.

Make your session more impactful by sharing a related scripture;

‘See that you walk circumspectly (carefully), not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time because the days are evil.’ Eph. 5:15 (NKJV)

Life skills learnt through the game: Dodging, Attentiveness.

  • Video Game

Everyone runs around in space a marked space and respond to commands like the buttons on a video player: Play – Jogging, Fast Forward – Sprinting, Rewind –Moving backwards, Stop – Stop. Pause – little jumps on one spot; Eject – Jump up as high as possible. Whoever does the wrong thing goes out.

Make your session more impactful by sharing a related scripture;

‘‘Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12 (NKJV)

Life skills learnt through the game: Listening

  • Stuck in the Mud

Divide yourselves into 2 groups. Group 1 run inside a specified area to tag Group 2 members. Once tagged, stand still, legs apart and arms in the air. To rescue your partner, pass under their legs. Swap after few minutes. When tagging shout, ‘tag!’

Make your session more impactful by sharing a related scripture;

God demonstrated his own love for us; in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us… we shall be saved from wrath through Him. Rom. 5:8-9

Life skills learnt through the game: Teamwork

  •  Tail Game

Loosely fix a cloth on your belt/trouser/skirt at your back or side. Everyone should endeavor to protect their tails without touching them, as they grab the tails of others. No body-contact. Once your tail is taken, you get out. Game ends with 1 or 2 winners.

Make your session more impactful by sharing a related scripture;

‘Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.’ 1 Tim. 4:14

Life skills learnt through the game: Agility, dodging.

Requirements: A pieces of cloth (5x60cm) for each player.

  • Capture the Flag

Choose two flags – simply two pieces of cloth but different colors. Mark a rectangular area. Divide it by 2, and let each group take a territory. Let each group put their flag at the extreme end in one of the corners unguarded. 

Let each group attempt to grab the flag from the other team’s sanctuary without being tagged. Once tagged, they should go to prison in the other extreme corner. The game ends when all flags have been captured and there are no free members to recapture any flag.

Life skills learnt through the game: Teamwork

  • Random Tag

Get a very light flower or object such as paper. One person should have the light object at a time. Close your eyes and move around in a circle singing any song.

Only the leader (the one with the object) will keep his eyes open. While moving around, he should carefully put the object on the head, shoulder or pocket of any of the players without being noticed. When the leader says stop, all stop at once. 

Ask participants to identify the one with the tag. The one who spots the tag should lead the next round. If they fail help them and choose who should play the leader next round.

Key lesson: Stay home and be safe, until the cities and workplaces are safer. And if you must go, ensure to observe social-distancing guidelines. Wash hands more frequently with soap or sanitizer. Avoid crowded areas.

  • Hidden Treasure

Use a simple object such as a tin of biscuits or just a colorful piece of cloth. Let one person hide it within agreed parameters and let the rest find it. Group babies with older caring members. Don’t allow them to go alone.

Life skills learnt through the game: Teamwork

Provided by Hope Community Action Africa

[1] Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, 5th Edition

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