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Target Grade: 1-5
This is a very fun, co-operative game.
1. Put the students into groups of 4 or 5. The best way to do this is to
use the the group game. This works a treat!
2. Each group forms a circle and they hold hands.
3. Give each group a balloon.
4. As a group they have to keep the balloon in the air, but when it touches a part of someone's body they have to either count or keep a sum going. For example the first kid says "2", then next kid says " + 3 = 5", then next kid then says " + 4 = 9" etc. Of course if the kids can handle it subtraction, multiplication etc. is also OK.
Very simple but very fun. The game is good in building up team work and co-operation. But if you need to you could also introduce a little competition by seeing how long each group can keep the balloon in the air for, and remembering to reset the clock if they get stuck!
I got this idea in Thailand, from Emi, thank you!
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