Now we are expanding this idea to think of a new indoor or outdoor game. Tribe members must 1) invent a new game using at least two of the supplied materials, 2) think of a name for their game, 3) write down instructions and rules, and 4) teach the game to others. Yesterday we got started as Tribes received the materials they can work with - a jump rope, 4 golf balls, a soft larger ball, and a bean bag. Sticks are also a "freebie", if they want to incorporate those to mark the playing field or to set up lanes, for instance.
The room was a happy and excited buzz as ideas were shared and tested.
I love projects like this for a lot of reasons. It is always a bonus if what we are doing can incorporated into our theme. It's a double bonus if children learn skills beyond "academic" ones - how to brainstorm, share ideas, work in a group setting, and compromise. I'm also thrilled that this give more opportunities for EVERYONE to play together, as groups take turns teaching and playing their games.