- equipment needed: 1 garbage can for each team (I use
3 for grades 4-6 and 2 for 1-3) jerseys for each team a scoop for each
player and whiffle balls, the more the better.
Divide your class into 2 or 3 teams. Assign each team a color and a
garbage can, I use strips of cloth on the garbage cans which coordinate
with the team color . Place each garbage can in the circles of your gym,
if using only using 2 teams use the jump circles at each end. There
should be a restraining line around each can, use the circle itself or
use cones, the children are not permitted to enter this area. Scatter
the whiffle balls around the gym. To start the game each player should
be standing next to their garbage can with their scoop. On your signal
the students begin scooping up the balls and putting them in their trash
can, the team with the most balls at the end of the game is the winner.
The students must follow these 3 simple rules; 1. may not use their
hands when scooping the balls up; 2. may only scoop up 1 ball at a
time; 3. may not enter the circle when tossing the balls into the cans.
After playing 1 round I change the rules to make the game a little more
interesting. Now the teams are only throwing their trash (balls) into
the other teams cans. To keep a team from putting a ball in your can
you may tag a player from another team. If the player you tag has a
ball they must give the ball to you (I don't allow "tag backs"). Play
until balls are all scooped up, the team with the least balls wins this
round. The same 3 rules apply to this variation also.