How to play Pickle

Summer break and three-day weekends bring some great neighborhood games, such as a pick-up game at The Sandlot. In honor of summer play, the Game of the Week is… Pickle

Group Size: 

 Large group (10 or more)

Age Group: 

 Grades 1-2

 Grades 3-5

Length of Activity: 

 10 minutes or more

Developmental Goal: 

 To develop cooperation and communication.

Equipment: 

 Bases

 Cones

Before You Start: 

Skills Practiced: Throwing, catching, fielding, agility and timing, base running and position playing.

Before You Start: 
• Place the bases 20-30’ apart and select 2 students to be the throwers at each base.
• Teach the rules of the game and ask the students to explain them back to you.
• Review the concepts of softball and baseball that you are reinforcing through this game.
• Model the activity with 2 volunteers.
 

How To Play: 
  • The students stand in between the two bases. The two throwers start by throwing the ball back and forth to each other.
  • After the third throw, the students in the middle attempt to run to one of the bases. The throwers pass the ball quickly and try to tag the runners while holding the ball. 
  • The runners are only safe if they are standing on the bases.
  • Runners count how many times they can advance to each base without being tagged. 
  • If a runner is tagged three times they switch positions with the thrower.

Variations: 

This can also be played with a kickball so that the throwers are allowed to tag a student by throwing the ball at a runner aiming for the waist or below.

“Pickle!!”

 

 (Playworks does not condone name-calling.)

More Resources


April 29, 2021

Leveraging Play to Address Learning Loss ›

In order to help kids recover from learning loss, we must ensure their emotional needs are met. We need to prioritize every child’s wellbeing, and that starts with acknowledging that many kids are healing from traumas caused by the pandemic, including social, emotional, and physical impacts of COVID-19.  “When children experience stress and trauma, it…

January 5, 2021

Top 6 Games to Play Virtually ›

Many educators have risen to the challenge of transitioning their lessons to accommodate virtual education, and Playworks has been helping educators ensure play remains in every child’s day, even online. Kids prioritize play, and with our support educators are leveraging play when teaching virtually in order to keep kids engaged, active, and to build community.…

kids and adult doing yoga
kids and adult doing yoga

October 6, 2020

Using Play to Foster Social Connections and Physical Activity ›

Play isn’t just fun and games – it’s a vital aspect of our health and well-being. When we play, we engage our bodies, minds, and senses, creating opportunities for increased physical activity, learning, and connection with others. Play can even help relieve stress and support the development of important social-emotional skills, including communication and cooperation.…