Running With Scissors

I thought I’d buck the trend and encourage kids to delight in a game that allows them to do something they’ve always been told not to… but not really. I made this up and tested it out on a few summer camps. If it needs further modification, let me know.

Object: Be the first team to get all your members to the other team’s side.

Area: Volleyball court-size.

Number of Participants: 5 – 7 per team. You will want at least 2 teams each with at least 5 players per team to make it interesting. If you have more than 7 players per team, it gets boring.

Materials: None.

Set-up: Line up one team on one side and the other team on the other side of the playing area, as if they are lined up for a relay race on opposite ends of the area. First players in line should be within arm’s distance of each other. You may want to practice this rhythm with all palyers before starting so they are all on the same page during the battle: “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Throw!” The players will put out their sign (either rock, paper or scissors) on “throw”.

How To Play:  On “go”, the players who are first in line play a quick game of “Rock, Paper, Scissors”. The winner takes the loser down to the winner’s end of the line. Play continues with the next players in line battling and the winner taking the loser back to their side. Play continues until either all players end up on one side.

Note: This game naturally flows out of the remnants of “Battle Odds and Evens”  which ends when two teams are left over from a three-way battle.


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