Hit the Golden Egg

Basic Activity Info

Activity Type: 

  • Physical
Age Group: 
6-9 yrs
9-12 yrs
13+ yrs
Time Requirement: 
20minutes

Group Size: 

  • Large Group
  • Medium Group
  • Small Group

Play Area: 

  • Gymnasium (large indoor space)
  • Outdoor - Field

Fundamental Skills: 

  • Catch
  • Dodge
  • Run
  • Throw
Objective: 

Teams try to knock other team's eggs off their pylons, but be sure to leave the golden egg for last!
Other Skills:
Coordination
Agility

Equipment: 

Foam Balls (dodgeballs)
Tennis Balls (2)
Pylons
Rope (if required to create boundaries)

Set Up: 

Divide participants into two equal teams.
Use the full length of the gym or half the gym depending on the number of participants. Or use rope/pylons to create the boundaries.
At the back of each team's half, place 4-6 pylons spaced out and in a row with foam balls on top of each pylon. Place another pylon with a tennis ball on top (which represents the golden egg). The location of the golden egg is up to the leader or to each team.

Step by Step: 
  1. The leader will place 3-6 foam balls along the centre line.
  2. When the leader says "Go!", participants will run to collect those foam balls (not the eggs!).
  3. The goal for each team is to knock the other team's eggs (foam balls) off their pylons. They do not want to knock off the other team's golden egg (tennis ball) until all of the other eggs are knocked off their pylons.
  4. If they knock off the golden egg before the other eggs are knocked off, a few things could happen, and it is up to the leader to decide before the game begins on the outcome.
    - a) the team that knocked it off loses that round.
    - b) the team that knocked it off has to lose one of their eggs on a pylon, and the golden eggs gets put back on the pylon.
    - c) the other team gets to put one of their normal eggs back on a pylon along with the golden egg.
    - d) the team that knocked it off has to give all the foam balls to the other team and they have to stand frozen for 5 seconds. 
  5. If a team accidently knocks over their pylon with their golden egg on top, they just put it back on and continue to play. 
  6. However, if a participant knocks off one of their normal eggs, then they cannot put it back on.
  7. When an egg is knocked off a pylon, it is now in play and can be thrown.
  8. If a participant is hit with a foam ball (shoulders down), they are frozen and freeze with their legs spread out. In order to get unfrozen, another participant has to crawl through their legs or roll a ball through their legs. 
  9. When all of one team's normal eggs are knocked off their pylons, then that team can now knock down the golden egg.
  10. The first team to knock off all the other team's normal eggs and then golden egg wins!
  11. Change the location of the golden egg for each round.
Safety Considerations: 

Remove any safety hazards and obstacles from the activity area.
Remind participants to be aware of their surroundings and to keep their head up.

Adaptations (General): 

If a participant is hit with a ball, then nothing happens and they continue to play.
Place the pylons in a staggered order and not in a straight line.
Place the pylons and eggs behind a line and participants are not allowed to go past that line (unless they are collecting a ball).

Source: 

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