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NAME OF ACTIVITY: Squirrels in the Trees
GRADE LEVEL: 2-6
EQUIPMENT: 5-6 hula hoops, 1 soccer ball per person
HIGHLIGHTS: Soccer Dribbling, Trapping, and Ball Control
INSTRUCTIONS: This is a soccer adaptation of
the squirrel in the trees tag game. I use it as a game to practice
dribbling and to create teams. Place the hula hoops randomly around
the playing area. There should be about 1 hoop per 4 students.
The hoops represent the trees. Each player is given a soccer ball,
the soccerball represents the acorn and the students represent the squirrels.
The object of the game is for each squirrel to find a tree in which to
store his/her acorn. However, only 3 squirrels and acorns are
allowed in one tree. Since there are not enough trees for all of the
squirrels, some squirrels will be left without a tree for the
winter. Here is how the game works. On the signal to begin,
students must dribble their soccer ball to a hula hoop, and using only
their feet, keep the ball inside the hoop. Once their are 3 players
in the hoop, the players will sit down so everyone knows that hoop is
HELPFUL HINTS: Personally, if a player uses his/her hands, I have them leave that tree (pun intended) and go to a different tree. Depending on the age group, you may want to vary the strictness of this rule.