Back to Back game.
Back to Back is a fun cooperative game that can be adapted in many ways. Standing up takes teamwork and a bit of strength and leverage in this pairs game. It can be played indoors or out at a party or at school.
- number of players: from 4 children
- age: from 6 years old
- material: none
- Played indoors or outdoors
- Duration: 10 minutes
How to play ?
Have each of the kids gather together in groups of two. If they are an odd number of children playing, so one of the groups can have three members. Once the children are in groups, have them sit on the floor with their backs facing each other and elbows linked together. Tell the kids that on the count of three, they’ll need to stand up by working together as a team. Remind them that their arms need to remain linked at all times. Then count 1, 2, 3! and watch the fun begin!
This game works great for races and relays. Award points for the team that stands up first or turn it into a relay by having the kids first stand up, then walk to another area of the room. For added challenge, have the kids try and carry an object such as a stuff animal or piece of candy.
Turning the challenge into a tournament can be fun too. Another option is to see if the kids can stand up when they are three, or four, or five, or ten kids in the group! Keep combining the groups until all the kids are involved.
The best part of this game is that it can be used as part of a lesson on teamwork or cooperation. Try having one pair of kids demonstrate the challenge in front of the class. Then explain to the class how both children needed to work together to reach their goal.
The educational advantages of the game
- allows to work on motor skills
- play as a team
- learning and listening to the rules of the game
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