1. Ball Games
  2. Icebreaker
  3. Indoor Game
  • Large Group (10 and up)

  • Grades 1-2

  • Balls

  • Under 10 minutes

Development Goal

To develop social comfort and strategic thinking

Before You Start

Skills Practiced: Throwing and following directions

  • Make sure the students understand the object of the game is to not have the ball
  • Students understand that only the Tornado spins, and that they must pass the ball to the student next to them.

How to Play

  • Students make one big circle.
  • A single student begins in the middle as the Tornado.
  • The class passes the ball around the circle while the Tornado in the middle spins around 10 times.
  • When the Tornado stops, whoever has the ball becomes the next Tornado.


  • Allow students to alter the direction of the ball, have more than one ball going at the same time, or alter the number of spins.
  • May work with kindergarteners later in the year.