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"Beanbags of Cooperation"

Activity

Summary

Combines physical activity with concentration and cooperation.

Instructional Strategies

1. Prepare many bean bags (or other items safe to throw and catch) in a large indoor or outdoor space. 2. Gather participants in a large circle. 3. Pair them into teams of two. Each participant must remember their partner throughout the game. 4. State game rules: do not throw wildly or at the face, maintain eye contact, and that it is OK to drop a bean bag Ð just pick it up and keep playing. 5. Keeping the large circle, participants toss the bean bags back and forth to their partner, keeping all the bean bags going simultaneously. 6. This can be timed for as many minutes as you like. 7. Afterwards, ask the pairs to state or write two things that they learned from this game, and to share a time when they had to cooperate with others.

Participant Tasks

1. Pair with a partner. Remember your partner throughout the game. 2. Stand in a large circle with your partner on the opposite side. 3. Remember the game rules: do not throw wildly or at the face, maintain eye contact, and that it is OK to drop a bean bag Ð just pick it up and keep playing. 4. Maintaining the circle, toss the bean bags back and forth to your partner, focusing on your partner while all the other bean bags are being tossed at the same time. 5. Afterwards, state or write two things that you learned from this game. 6. Share about a different time when you had to cooperate with others.

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