NAME OF ACTIVITY:
Spear the Whale
K-12 with some modifications
Small dull sticks (unsharpened pencils), Small length of string and a
washer or other small circular object. I have also been testing out
a version where you use swim noodles (instead of sticks), A lenght of
string and a larger circle (ring toss ring works fine).
INSTRUCTIONS: I use this game a small
space, station activity when I am having my PE class in a classroom.
Both versions are player the same.
Tie a small washer onto the end of a length of
string (ring toss ring if you are using the swim noodles). The
longer the string, the more difficult the game. Anyway, tie the free
end of the string so that the end with the ring hangs down to the height
of your game. The player are seated in a circle around the ring
(they should be close enough to reach the ring with their stick or noodle,
but far enough away that they cannot hit each other with their
sticks. If using a pencil, make sure it is unsharpened and they are
spearing with the eraser end. To start the game, give the ring a
swing and count down 3,2,1 "Spear the Whale". On the
signal all players will attempt to capture the ring by carefully trying to
get their own stick (noodle) through the ring. The first player to
capture the ring gets 1 point. Play continues until 1 player reaches
a set number of points. Following are a few guidlines:
- Players may not thrust and jab in a dangerous
manner, the attempts to capture should be well under control and safe.
- Players may not intentionally hit the string,
other players, or other players "spear".
HELPFUL HINTS: Personally, I like to
designate a restraining line to insure the players are a safe distance
apart. When I play this game with swim noodles, I found that I need
to tape a handle line onto the noodel, as players will move their hands
further up the noodle to give them better control. When I play this
game with noodles, I allow the players to stand up, but stay behind the
I cannot emphasize enough
about the spearing attempts must be slow and controlled, especially in the
& Lead Up/Tag