Equipment:

  • Pinnies to separate kids into two teams.
  • 20-30 “towels” (pinnies, scarves, face clothes…etc).
  • A container to hold 20-30 “towels.”
  • A “magic” item (rubber chicken, beanbag…etc.).
  • Cones to mark the playing area (outside only).

Description:

  • Split the kids into two even teams.
  • The play area is a rectangle (the school gym works perfectly), and the two teams will line up at either end of the gym (width wise), facing each other.
  • On one end of the gym, about 5 to 7-feet away from the players, line up the towels evenly across the full width of the gym.
  • Define the safe lines – For team Yellow/Light X, they cannot be tagged when they are behind their safe line. For team Green/Dark X, they are fine as long as the are behind their safe line.
  • The object of the game is for team Yellow/Light X to steal all of the towels from team Green/Dark X and bring them back to their bin.
  • You can only steal one towel at a time, and do not need to take a towel before you can run back behind your safe line (so if someone from team Yellow/ Light X chickens out before stealing a towel, they can run back behind their safe line to be safe).
  • Here is the catch: Team Green/Dark X can only protect their towels by tagging someone from team Yellow/Light X before he makes it back across his safe line. Also, the minute a member of team Green/Dark X crosses their safe line, they MUST catch someone from team Yellow/Light X, or they are eliminated.
  • On the flip side, if someone from team Yellow/Light X, with a towel or not, is tagged by someone from team Green/Dark X, then the person from team Yellow/Light X is eliminated.
  • All eliminated players go to a designated spot on the side of the gym wall (or outside of the square of play).
  • If someone from team Yellow/Light X takes the magic item and makes it all the way back to their line without being tagged, then all of the eliminated players from team Yellow/Light X are back in the game.
  • If someone from team Yellow/Light X takes the magic item and is tagged by someone from team Green/Dark X, then all of the eliminated players from team Green/Dark X are back in the game.
  • In either case of the magic item being taken, it is always put back so that it can be stolen again.
  • At the end of a set time limit, or when all of the players have been eliminated from one team, or all of the towels have been stolen, reset everything, change sides, and play again.
Towels

Towels

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