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Small Group Games-Indoor


Reasons For Small Group Games


  • Large class in a small space.


  • Lead up games and a need to get everyone involved.  Large groups can take away from the timid player.


  • You want to set up stations for your camp/class.


  • Stuck in the classroom.


  • Of course it is possible you may only have a small group of kids and need to find fun activities for them but your group is too small to play a normal team activity.




Ages 5 & up (K & up)


  • Simple game with a beach ball, volleyball trainer or volleyball depending on the age.


  • In this game the campers/students attempt to hit the ball up in the air as many times as they can.


  • Allow double hits by one player, especially below age 12 (5th grade)



Tip: Make this game into a competition.  A prize to the winning group at camp or a star on your classes behavior chart.  If your a phys ed teacher and you don’t have a behavior chart, you should get one asap and it can’t hurt at camp either.





Ages 5 & up (K & up)



  • In this game you need at least 4 kids for your group, a bowling pin, dome cone and ball. I prefer a basketball, but any ball with some weight to it will work.


  • You can set the distance of the dome cone and pin to make it age appropriate. Not to easy, but you want the kids to be successful


  • Start 3 players behind the dome cone with the first player holding the ball.  The 4th players should stand behind the bowling pin.


  • First player rolls the ball and the job of the player behind the pin, is to get the ball and run it back to the next person in line with a hand off or bounce pass.


  • Player who rolled the ball, must run and take the place of the player behind the pin.


Common mistake: Player behind the pin usually thinks they must fix the pin and get the ball when it’s knocked down.  It will take some reinforcement to get them out of this habit.


Tip: Make sure the kids don’t throw a chest best to the next person in line.  It’s a recipe for disaster.


4 SQUARES       (Old School Rules)                                                                                         

(and/or two squares)

Ages 7 & up (2nd grade & up)


I’ve noticed over the years many of my campers/students

make up their old crazy rules and they spend more time talking

than playing.  This is fine for recess and free play, but I will give list of real old school rules.


  • You need at least 4 players with your group, but I think 5 is even better.


  • If you’re not playing in a gym all you need is black top and chalk.  Inside you can use liquid lines, shoe polish or floor tape.




  • Server must have a foot in the servers box on the serve.  I usually put an “S” or where you see the kings face in the picture above.


  • The serve must bounce the ball and strike underhand and hit to box two.  After the serve the ball can be hit to any box, underhand, sideways and overhand.


  • No Spuds (Yell spud while the ball is in the air and catch it to go get a player out).


  • A player must strike the ball, no carries.


  • A ball hit on the line is out.


  • Players are allowed to go on the outside of their box.


  • A serve or hit may be hit long or short as long as it lands in a box.


  • The ball must bounce once before it is struck by another player.  It can’t bounce more than once or be struck before it bounces.


  • If a player in a box with a higher number than you gets out, than you move up one number, which gets you closer to the server box. Ultimately you want to be the server.




Ages 5 & up (K & up)

Equipment: Dome cones

  • If you have at least 6 players you can play any type of relay with a 3 v 3




Ages 7 & up (2nd grade & up)


  • 4 or more players will be needed for this game.


  • The group will stand in a small circle and reach across and grab the hand of two different players if possible.


  • The group must untangle and make a circle without letting go of another players hands.





Ages 5 & up (K & up)  You can go as low as 5 years old if you use a small ball, close distance and low basket.

Equipment: Basketballs and baskets


  • 4 or more players will work with any shooting competition.


  • You can simply play most foul shots or lay up shots made


  • Another option would be to play a game of knockout.


Knockout Rules


  • First player in line shoots a foul shot, if they make than the give the ball to the next player in line  that needs a ball and they go to the end of the line.  If they miss they’re allowed to move up and shoot as close as they want and/or take lay up shots until they make it.


  • If the person behind you score before you, than you’re out.


Game of Out or house


  • One player starts the game by picking a spot to shoot from.  If they make it than the other players must make the shot from the same spot.  If they miss the shot, than player number two gets to choose a spot to shot from.


  • When a player misses the shot, they receive their first letter, for example if they’re playing out they would receive the letter “o”.  Once they spell “out” than they’re out.




Equipment: A ball for each player, depending on the sport you choose.


Ages 5 & up (K & up)



  • 4 or more players will work for this game.


  • The object is to knock everyone’s ball off the playing area and keep your ball on.


  • This game can be played, with soccer, basketball and hockey.


  • Note: The players should stay with their ball at all time.  They can’t just leave their ball in a corner and knock out everyone else.


HOME RUN DERBY                                                  


Age 6 & up  (1st grade & up)


Equipment: bases and a kick ball.


  • I would recommend 5 or more players.


  • One player stands at home plate.  The other players go out in the field.


  • The player at the plate kicks the ball and attempts to run around all of the bases.  They receive a point for every base they touch.


  • The runner doesn’t get out if the ball is caught.


Option 1: The field team can attempt to peg or tag the runner to get them out.


Option 2:  The fielding team must get the ball, than proceed to get in a straight line and pass the ball over each persons head until it reaches the last person in line.  Once the ball reaches the last person, the kicker is out.



Ages 5 & up (Grades K & up)


Equipment:  Footballs or a smaller round ball for ages 7 and under if needed.


  • In this game all you need is a starting point.


  • Each player starts at the same location and they punt or throw the ball.   As soon as the punt or throw the ball they run to it and throw again over and over until it reaches the destination that you chose.


Throwing variation: With a partner they throw and catch from the starting line to the chosen destination.  The player with the ball can’t run.  The player without the ball, can go out for a pass however far or close they choose.  If a player drops a pass, both players must start all over again from the beginning.





Ages 7 & up (2nd grade & up)





TAG GAMES:  I recommend 5 or more players.  1 or 2 taggers.  SEE TAG PAGE.


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