- Cardboard boxes
- An assortment of large and small objects from around the room
Objectives: Children will use creative thinking and problem-solving skills to figure out ways to carry a variety of items without using their hands.
In Advance: Gather together an assortment of large and small objects, such as cardboard boxes and stuffed animals. Set out the items for children to choose for the game.
- Meet as a group and invite children to talk about different ways people carry large and small objects. Ask children to demonstrate how they would hold and carry a box. Then, challenge them to think of other ways they might hold and carry the same box.
- Help children pair off and explain that each twosome will work together to carry a cardboard box across the room. The only rule: No hands allowed!
- Give a box to each set of partners and invite them to figure out different ways to lift and hold the box without using their hands.
- After partners have had time to experiment, gather everyone together, along with the boxes, in an area with a lot of floor space. Ask partners to take turns carrying their boxes all the way across the room and back.
- Invite partners to choose an object of a different size from among the assorted items you had set out earlier. Encourage children to work together to find an original way to transport the new item across the room and back. Encourage children to experiment with a variety of objects.
- Now combine sets of partners so that children are working in groups of four. Challenge them to move an object or two, making sure that everyone touches the object - without , of course, using their hands.
For younger children: Offer suggestions to help younger children begin experimenting with movement and techniques. Encourage groups to help one another.
For older children: Invite children to participate with partners in a sack-walking activity. Explain that two children, standing side by side, place their inside legs in a burlap sack or pillowcase. The two children walk together across the room and back using just "three" legs. Challenge children to try galloping and skipping together too.
REMEMBER: Some children will need guidance. Offer suggestions to help them begin experimenting with movement and techniques. Encourage groups to help one another.
TIP: If a chosen object proves to be too much trouble for children, allow them to switch to something else.
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