Santa’s Workshop

Santa’s Workshop

State Standard: 1, 3, & 4

Equipment: Several yarnballs, stuffed animals, and/or beanbags, 2 large mats, 2 laundry baskets, several noodles, poly spots, and jersey’s. 
Grade: 3-5
Purpose of Event: To practice chasing, fleeing and dodging skills, team strategy, and having fun while participating in an aerobic activity.
Time: 20-25 minutes
Place several poly spots down the center line to separate the gym into two halves. Place one mat on one side of the gym and the other mat on the other side. Place a laundry basket on one side and the other laundry basket on the other. Put about 15 items in each laundry basket to represent the toys. 

Divide class into two teams. Tell the class Santa’s elves have gone on strike and that they are no longer making toys for Santa. This means each team must try to obtain all the toys from the other team. Each player must attempt to steal a (one at a time) toy from the other team without getting tagged. Once a player has crossed the center-line into the other team’s area they are eligible to get tagged. I use foam noodles as tag sticks. If a player, gets tagged before they return to their team’ side with or without a toy they MUST go to jail (marked by a mat). A player is able to get out of jail when one of their teammates successfully reaches them and give them a high-five (without getting tagged). I allow them to have free back. However, they MUST return to their team’s side before they try to steal a toy again.  The game is over once one team has successfully obtained all the toy’s from the other team. 

Students are NOT allowed to take more than one toy per trip. They are NOT allowed to throw the toy’s to a teammate. They must run to their side. Students cannot attempt to tag an opponent while trying to steal a toy at the same time. 

You can have the students get a free back if they successfully reach the opponents laundry basket and grab a toy before being tagged; instead of trying to make it back safely before or after they try to steal a toy. 

Concerns: Moving safely in the gym. Making sure students are tagging one another is safe manner. Reinforce to the students how to problem solve if they think they tagged an opponent who thinks they are safe.
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About mrkirsch

Greetings from Garfield Elementary School! My name is Dan Kirsch. I teach Physical Education for students in grades K-5! Please read about what students are learning within our Physical Education program at Garfield!!

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