Say the skill names quickly to make the game challenging. Talent Routines A gymnast game designed to allow the demonstration of learned or known skills, teams of three to five students take ten minutes to prepare a talent routine.
The other teams serve as spectators during each performance. At the end, all teams write down who they think did the best routine, but cannot vote for themselves. The winner is the team with the most votes. Participants learn teamwork and practice creativity.
Pretend Animals In this game of animal mimicking, the coach calls out animal names and gymnasts act out the movements of each animal. Mixing exercise and creativity provides both learning and fun. Try the following animals: Crabs — crawl on hands and feet with stomachs facing up Kangaroo — using different jumps Tiger — a low crouching crawl Rabbit — hopping from a squatting position Duck — moving forward in a squat with hands on sides at waist Pretend Animals is a game that develops various muscle groups and increases exercise strength in the body core, arms, and legs.
Balance Beam Challenges Concentration, necessary for any balance beam activity, requires practice. The following balance beam challenges provide that practice, plus are fun for gymnasts.
Bean Bag Toss This game requires your gymnasts to shift their center of gravity while tossing a bean bag into a bucket or bowl. Participants take turns standing in the middle of the balance beam, earning points for each bag that goes into the bucket or bowl. If they step off the beam when they make a toss, they do not get a point, even if the bean bag is tossed successfully. The first player who gets ten points wins this gymnastic challenge. Switch A balance beam challenge involving teamwork and creativity, Switch has your group members compete to see who gets the most points.
Two participants begin on opposite ends of the balance beam. When they meet in the center, they must switch position in any way possible, i. The gymnasts cannot step off the beam or lift the other person. The participant with the most successful attempts at crossing the balance beam wins this challenge. How Many Birdies A balance game for large groups, How Many Birdies, challenges gymnasts to see how many can fit on a slowly shortened balance beam.
Participants get on the beam one at a time. Once everyone is comfortably on the full-length beam, shorten the beam by six inches and begin a new round. Each time the coach shortens the balance beam, it becomes more difficult to fit everyone on the beam.
The game ends when the beam becomes too short to fit everyone on it no matter what moves and positioning gymnasts attempt. Some simple balance beam exercises: Use pool noodles to Joust on the balance beam. Have your gymnast throw sponges while balancing on the bar. Gym Workout Games Gym workouts games add a special ingredient of fun to your efforts to gain strength and burn calories.
Try to get others in the gym to get involved in playing these games that help you lose fat and tone your muscle groups. Balance Catch Play a game of catch with more or more gym friends while standing on one leg. Start relatively close together and keep moving farther away. If you alternate your feet, you work the muscles in both legs. Ropes and Hoops Begin by setting up two stations, one with hula hoops and the other with jump ropes.
Depending upon the number of jump ropes and hula hoops, you can have players compete individually or in teams. Set a timer for participants to hula hoop and jump rope for two minutes for each activity.
Each person gets one point for each jump and one for each revolution of the hula hoop. The person or team that gets the most points wins this gym game. Balancing Competition A workout game that strengthens core muscles and improves balance, begin by standing upright with back straight and hands on hips.
Place the bottom of your right foot on the side of your left knee and tighten your abdominal muscles. All competitors do so at the same time and the person able to stand in this position the longest wins a round. The next round, standing on your right foot and place your left foot on the side of your right knee. If you wish, you can increase the difficulty of this gym workout game by standing on yoga balance pods, if they are available.
Pass and Catch You will need ten or more participants standing in a wide circle. The players pass a bouncing medicine ball medium sized to any other player in the circle. The thrower can pass underhand, overhand, or with one or more bounces.
When a player catches the ball, they take a step back. If a player misses a catch, they are out of the game. The winner is the last player left. Challenging Gym Games Some gym games prove challenging because of the tasks involved, time limits, or the need to have the highest score.
Your group will find the following games provide an added thrill during gym time. Body Dragging You will need several old blankets or heavy large sheets double or queen size. Divide your group into two or more teams of six to eight players. The goal is to drag the sheet or blanket to the end of the gym with a body or bodies lying or sitting on it. One team member lies down on the blanket.
Slowly increase the number of team members on the blanket for each successive race. Have the entire team on the blanket, rolling and scooting to the goal. Play as a relay race with pairs within the teams. Each pair drags their partner to the end and back and the next pair of partners takes their turn. This gym challenge game develops strength and promotes cooperation. Broom Hockey A version of hockey using brooms, a rubber ball, and box or bucket goals for two or more players, this game is for two or more players in any size area.
Set your goals at opposite ends of the playing area. Create your teams and have your players begin in the center of the room.
Opposing teams attempt to hit the ball into the opposite goal while the goalie blocks shots however possible. Assess penalties for delaying the game, holding the puck with feet or hands, and unnecessary roughness. If a team has a penalty, the other team gets a free shot.
If your group is very large, limit the team size and change out players when a team scores. Crazy Catching Another gym game that works with two or more people, begin by designating one person to be the thrower, and everyone else catchers. Provide the thrower several lightweight, bouncing, exercise balls — one a different color than the others. The thrower stands about ten feet away from the catchers and throws the balls in rapid succession. The catchers attempt to catch the different colored ball and when a player does so, they receive a point.
The leader or coach sets the number of points for a win and the player reaching this point goal first is the winner. Blindfolded Four Corners A quick, challenging, gym game requiring players to remain quiet, Blindfolded Four Corners works for a medium to large group of players. Blindfold one player and have them stand in the middle of the room. The other players now take their places at the four corners of the room very silently — no talking!
If a player is not in a corner when the counting is complete, they are out of the game. The blindfolded player points to one of the four corners, and all the players in that corner are out of the game. However, if no one is standing in the corner pointed to, the players have five seconds to get to a different corner before the blindfolded player points to a new corner. The last person left in the game gets to be the next person blindfolded.
Team Gym Games Team gym games take competition to a new level. The first game does not require an even number on each team. One game can be played without any equipment or props.
Additionally, you can vary the time for play, always convenient when you have various group sizes and abilities. Bed Sheet Ping Pong Toss Divide your players into two teams and have them hold a bed sheet at opposite ends. Place a ping pong ball on the sheet. The winner is the team that manages to do so first.
If you wish, you can play this game more than once and keep points for a specific amount of time to determine the winner. Feather Blowing Purchase inexpensive feathers at a craft or dollar store.
Divide your group into teams and give each player a feather. The team that has the most feathers in the air at the end of a set time, wins this game. The rabbits go for a walk with their Captain. Any tagged rabbits become foxes. The game ends when all the rabbits have become foxes. Gym Mania A team gym game for any size group, teams compete against each other in a variety of activities developing flexibility, muscular endurance and strength, and body composition.
Have your teams line up in horizontal single lines on opposite sides of the playing area. The first person on each team runs to the middle of the playing area and receives an activity to do along with a standard playing card. The coach or leader may use activity cards or simply assign an activity. The playing card tells the participant how many times the team must perform the task.