1. Ball Games
  • Grades 1-2

  • Balls

Development Goal

To develop verbal communication and listening to directions.

Before You Start

Skills Practiced:  Throwing, spatial awareness, following directions, running, evasion and balance.

Equipment Needed:  One playground ball.

  • Line students up and give each their own number to remember.
  • Students often forget their number so ask them to repeat it back to you to make sure they remember.
  • Explain the rules and ask for students to explain it back to you.
  • Review Dodgeball safety rules, especially throwing only below the waist.
  • Teach and fairly enforce a consequence for throwing above the waist.
  • Gather everyone around you to begin.

How to Play

  • With everyone standing close to you, throw the ball straight into the air while shouting out one of the student’s numbers.
  • The student whose number has been called quickly gets the ball and shouts “SPUD” as soon as they touch it.
  • All other students run away until they hear “SPUD.”
  • When they hear “SPUD,” the student with the ball may then take four steps, spelling “S”, “P”, “U”, “D” with each step towards any other student.
  • S/he may then roll or throw the ball at a student, trying to hit below the waist.
  • The frozen student cannot move their feet, but may try to catch the ball or evade with their upper body.
  • If the student is hit with the ball, they get a letter (i.e. “S”).
  • If they catch it or the thrower misses, the thrower gets a letter.
  • Whichever student received a letter gets to begin the next round by throwing the ball up and shouting a new number.
  • If a student gets all four letters (SPUD) they are out and get to do a task (i.e. jumping jacks) to get back into the game.


  • Children can freeze in different poses which you call out at the beginning of each round.
  • Math equations can be shouted out, where the answer is the student’s number.