Relief Teaching Ideas

Sharing ideas to help make relief teaching fun, enjoyable, and meaningful.

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Movie Camera Game

The Movie Camera Game is a fun fitness activity that doesn’t require any equipment.

Students move around a set area, according to what the teacher calls out.

Play = walk around
Pause = jump
Stop = freeze
Fast Forward = run
Rewind = move backwards
Slow Motion = move very slowly
Delete = lay face first on the ground

For an added twist you can also announce what type of scene they need to act out.

Some examples of scenes to act out:
-An African safari with animals roaming around
– People walking to work in the city
– Fish swimming under the sea
– Farm animals in a barn

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Beanbag Scavenger Hunt


As many cones as you can find!
Beanbags (15-20)

– Try to set up without students watching you (send them for a warm up run around the oval!)
– Place cones scattered on playing field/court.
– Hide beanbags under the cones (you will need more cones than beanbags).
– Split class into groups of 3 or 4.
– Groups line up along the edge of playing field.
– One person from each team will run out onto playing field & choose a cone to look under. If there is a beanbag they take it back to their team & tag the next player to run to a cone.
– If there’s not a beanbag under the cone they return to their team & the whole team has to do 5 jumping jacks (this is optional – you can decide if you want them to do this) & then the next player in line can run out to choose a cone to look under.
– Game ends once all beanbags are found. Team with the most beanbags wins.


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Silent Ball Challenge!

Kids need a brain break? Not enough time or too cold & wet outside for a fitness game? Here’s a quick indoor game that kids love!

Objective of the game: to get every student to catch & throw the ball, silently & without dropping it, in the least amount of time.

-Students, standing up, spread around the room.
-Hand one student a soft medium/small sized ball.
-Teacher times the students
-Students pass the ball silently to each other. Once they throw the ball they must sit down on the floor, where they are.
-If anyone talks or drops the ball everyone must stand up & the timer is set again!
-encourage team work & strategy so that they can finish the challenge!

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Race Against the Ball

Equipment: Ball

1. Divide the class into two teams.
2. One team stands in a circle, arm span apart. The other team stands in a line, to the side, near the circle.
3. When teacher blows the whistle or says “Go”, the team in the circle passes the ball around the circle. *Teacher will need to keep count how many times they pass the ball completely around the circle.
4. The other team take turns running around the outside of the circle, tagging the next person in line when they return & then sitting down.
5. Once the running team have all gone around the circle, stop the throwing team.
6. Swap over.

>The team who passes the ball around the circle the most is the winner!

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Golden Child

This is a game well known & loved by the kids at the school I last worked at & still do relief work for…

– You will need access to a basketball court & ball
– Split class into two teams
– One team lines up in front of the basketball hoop (shooting team)
– The other team (the running team) lines up to the side, on the corner of the basketball court, & must choose a “Golden Child” who will be their last runner and stand at the end of the line.
– When the teacher blows the whistle to begin, the shooting team takes turns shooting for a goal. At the same time the first person in line on the running team starts running around the outside of the basketball court. When they return they tag the next runner.
– If the shooting team gets a goal the teacher will either yell stop or blow their whistle to signal to the runner to stop & bob down wherever they are on their way around the court. The next runner in line for the running team then starts running.
– When all other runners have had a turn it is the “Golden Child’s” turn to run. As they run around the court they can tag their team members, who have had to stop & bob down, to free them so they can continue running around the court to the end.
– Meanwhile the shooting team will be madly taking turns trying to get a goal to stop the golden child & all the other freed runners from crossing the finish point!
– Teams swap over

Winning team is the team who has the most runners to get all around the court.

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Elimination Dodgeball

One person is designated as “it” and is given a dodgeball.

“It” then chases the rest of the group throwing the ball at them.

If someone is hit (has to be waist or below) they must sit down where they are hit.

Once the ball is thrown, anyone may grab it and become “it.”

If the ball is caught, the thrower must sit down and the person who caught the ball is now “it.”

The twist is that someone who is sitting down can stand up and be back in the game if the person who hit them has to sit down. Therefore, the game does not end until 1 person ends up hitting every person (doesn’t usually happen) or until you call an end to the game due to time.

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Egg, Chicken, Dinosaur

Quick Game – Egg, Chicken, Dinosaur

Years ago, a wonderful student teacher of mine taught me this game. It’s now a favourite of mine!

It’s a good warm down game after fitness, requires no equipment & can be played indoors or outdoors.

The goal of this game is to work your way up, by beating other players at Rock-Paper-Scissors, to the “position” of king or queen.

The order you work up through is egg, chicken, dinosaur, prince or princess and finally to king or queen.

Demonstrate to students:
– Eggs waddle on the ground in a little ball
– Chickens walk and squat while flapping their wings and “clucking”
-Dinosaurs “roar” standing up
– Princes/princesses “prance” around holding an imaginary scepter – Kings and queens stand to the side, regally & waving royally

How to play:
-Everyone starts out as an egg. You find another egg and play Rock-Paper-Scissors.
-The winner “grows” into a chicken who finds another chicken to play against. The loser remains an egg & has to find another egg to play against.
-Whoever wins between the chickens grows” into a dinosaur. The loser remains a chicken & finds another chicken to play against.
-Once a dinosaur you must find another dinosaur to play against. If you lose you remain a dinosaur & find another dinosaur to play against.
-The next step is becoming a prince or princess, which of course means playing against another prince or princess.
-If you win you become a King or Queen and stand off to the side. If you lose you remain a prince or princess & look for another to play against.

The game is either played until students tire or there is only one egg, chicken, dinosaur and prince. All other players will be kings or queens.

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Activity Tag

Activity Tag is an easy fitness game that requires little set up or equipment.
1. Write out 8 or more actions on pieces of card.*
Some ideas:
– 10 jumping jacks
– say the alphabet while running on the spot
– kangaroo hop 20 times
– moonwalk to the count of 10
– have the kids come up with some – they usually come up with some great ideas!
2. Outline the boundaries – either with cones or lines on a basketball court.
3. Hand out the cards to 8 students. They are now “it”.
4. When they tag someone they give them the card they have. That person who was tagged is now “it”. They have to do whatever the card says & then chase after others trying to tag them so they can pass the card on.
5. Continue to play until they start to tire!

*Here is a free download of the instructions and also some activity cards that you can print and laminate to use for the game.
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