How to Play: Dodge Ball

• Ages four and up
• 16 to 30 players are needed
• Materials: one large ball (a beach ball or soccer ball)
• Outdoor activity
• Competitive or noncompetitive

How to Play

  • Divide the children into two teams.
  • One team makes a circle and the other team stands inside the circle.
  • The players forming the circle throw the ball at the players inside the circle, who are running around trying not to get hit.
  • The inside players may not catch the ball.
  • A ball hitting a player on the head does not count.
  • Only players in the outside circle may throw and catch the ball.
  • Players who get hit join the outside circle and help them try to hit the players remaining inside.

Note: Include adults in the outer circle when playing with four to five year olds.

Competitive Version: The last player left inside the circle is the winner.

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