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NAME OF ACTIVITY: Pitfall
GRADE LEVEL: 3-12, however, I feel it works best with the elementary
EQUIPMENT: 1 or more climbing ropes. (I am lucky enough to have 3)
HIGHLIGHTS: Cooperation, teamwork, strategy, communication, upper and lower body strength
INSTRUCTIONS: I came up with this game while looking to add a cooperative game that makes use of my ropes. I have three ropes that are about 15 feet apart. In between each rope, I make an island using a tumbling mat folded into a 4x4 section. I vary the game by leaving different objects on each island that I think may help the students if they think creatively. In one game I left a swim noodle and a jumprope on the first island only. In another version I leave a 4x4 on the first island, then a gymnast ring in the next, and maybe a noodle on the next. The good part of this game is that it can be modified to make it easier or more difficult depending on the grade level. The group must all start on the first mat with the first problem being to get the rope to their group. The rope must start off by hanging motionless, and students may not leap for the rope!
HELPFUL HINTS: Change equipment to allow
for different grade levels. I like to add equipment that can be
used creatively, to allow those who cannot hold their own body weight,