This week I’m coming at you with a great team jump rope game. We play this game during our Jump Rope Unit, Jump Rope For Heart and also on Field Day. To see what my Jump Rope Unit looks like, Check out this post.
It’s a lot of fun to play and great for 3RD – 5TH grades. I do some lead-up activities with K-2nd (running through school, 2 turners and 1 jumper, jump rope rhymes), but I don’t introduce this game until 3rd grade.
This game is another golden nugget I got from J.D. Hughes book No Standing Around in My Gym.
Check out all of J.D.’s PE Games Books over at his website PE2theMax.com
Check out the game in the video below:
- Objective: Run in immediately after the person in front of you and jump one time and run out
- You are Out of the Tournament Rope if:
- You don’t run into the rope before it turns
- The rope hits your foot or body
- You jump more or less than one time
- When you are out at the “tournament rope” you simply go to the “practice rope” and continue to play the game
- Possible Variations:
- Change the direction of the rope (so it hits the ground and moves towards the line)
- Add more than one tournament rope – especially good for larger numbers
- Play with a partner (2 running in at the same time)
- Change the number of jumps required before running out
- Allow students to have one turn in between jumpers (to make it easier)
There you go, add another awesome PE Game to your Phys Ed playbook.
A few reasons I like this game:
- The competitive element motivates students
- Nobody is standing or sitting around
- Super easy setup and cleanup
- It’s a game kids can play on their own once they learn it
- Once your kids get the hang of it, the “whirlwind” looks awesome as students are constantly moving in a circle
Hope you and your students enjoy the Whirlwind Challenge as much as we have.
Have Fun and Teach On!