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Indian Nations CouncilThe Greatest Show on Earth

The game ends when the animals pair up or the predator finds the animals and is left alone on the play area.  Sometimes a time limit of 10-15 minutes is helpful.  Discussion can follow about how animals in the wild might feel as they are threatened and look for safety.

Turtle Tag

To insure safety, a player must be on his back with all four feet in the air.  The boy who is "it" counts to ten and all turtles (other boys) must hop up and run at least ten steps before again assuming the turtle position.  If "it" can tag a player before he is "safe" they exchange places and the other boy becomes "it".

Guard the Treasurer

One boy is chosen to be "IT", the keeper of the treasure, who stands guard over the "jewels" (beanbag or whatever).  Everyone else forms a circle around "IT".  The group standing around "IT" must try to steal the treasure without being tagged.  Those touched by "IT" are frozen in place and can no longer try for the treasure.  Play ends when the "jewels" are captured.

Ball Games

Straddle Ball

Materials:Kickball or playground ball

All players form a circle and spread apart their legs just far enough to be comfortable.  One player is it.  He stands in the middle of the circle with the ball.  The object of the game is for the player in the middle to get the ball outside the circle through the other players legs.  The other players in the circle can use their hands, but cannot touch the ground or lose their balance.  If they do, they change places with the player in the middle.  If the player in the middle gets the ball through one players legs, he changes places with that player.

Bucketball

Place two bushel baskets or large metal buckets 50 to 60 feet apart.  Establish sidelines 30 to 40 feet apart.  Use a basketball or similar ball.  Play regular basketball rules, but with any number of players on a side.  No score is made if the ball bounces out of the bucket or knocks it over.

Circle Ball

A player with a tennis ball is in the center of a circle of other boys.  The circle players also have a tennis ball, which they pass around from one to another.  The boy in the middle tries to toss his ball to one of the circle players and have him drop it.  (He usually throws to the boy who is receiving the second ball.)  If a player drops either ball, he goes into the center.

REMEMBER IN ANY GAME YOU PLAY, KEEP IT SIMPLE, MAKE IT FUN AND MAKE IT SAFE.

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