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Form teams of three or four. Explain that one team member at a time will scoop up water from the starting bucket with the plastic cup, make their way through the obstacle course spilling as little water as possible, dump the remaining water into the bucket at the end, then return the cup to the next team member. The team will win that collects the most water in their finish line bucket when time is up.
Give each team a plastic cup.
Tell them you will sound the whistle, bell, or gong to start the teams and when you sound it a second time, everyone must stop.
Allow enough time for every participant to have a turn at the obstacle course. (Some children will get more than one try.) Then sound the "stop" whistle.
Use a yardstick or ruler to measure the water in each bucket, and announce which team has won.
Take some time to reflect upon the experience with questions such as:
Take this opportunity to briefly make the point that in life, obstacles can give us opportunities to strengthen our persistence and think of new ways to get things done.
If any children in the group have mobility restrictions, design the obstacle course so they can fully participate. For instance, if any children use a wheelchair, provide extra room for team members to maneuver around obstacles and omit obstacles that require team members to climb over or under items. You might invite all the participants to help you design an obstacle course which can accommodate the special needs of everyone in the group; you may be surprised at the creative solutions they can come up with to make sure everyone is included.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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